The Buckyball: A carbon fiber model of the C60 molecule

The Buckyball –

The 1996 Nobel Prize winning Buckminsterfullerene molecule constructed out of carbon fiber as a truncated icosahedron cage.

The 60 atom polyhedral carbon molecule, C60, known as Buckminsterfullerene (dubbed the Buckyball) was unexpectedly discovered by a team of chemists while studying graphite being blasted by lasers in 1985. The researchers were stunned by their mass spectrometer results and puzzled as to what the structure of this new carbon allotrope could be. They made models with toothpicks, jelly beans and paper cut-outs, but were unable to fold their hexagonal structures into a sphere.

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