A new research by Universite Paris-Sud suggests that Buckminsterfullerene
- also known as buckyballs - could be used to make us live longer.
. Nature 318(6042): 162-163.
. (63) It is too early to tell for sure how
In the 1980s and 1990s, researchers also began to synthesize and characterize nanostructures, such as buckminsterfullerene
, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, and nanowires, with novel and useful properties.
Sir Harold and his collaborators at Rice University in Texas were awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 for their work on Buckminsterfullerene
18 Science reciprocates by giving such ornamental devices new resonances (the helix, buckminsterfullerene
) and, by playing the games of ornament, adds to the visual thesaurus (for example with the Penrose pattern).
, and the search for fullerenes in carbonaceous substances associated with the Oklo natural nuclear fission reactors
More recently, studies have been undertaken to elucidate the dynamical properties and their relation to structure of carbonaceous molecular solids such as the nearly spherical buckminsterfullerene
([C.sub.60]) (149,150), and cubane ([C.sub.8][H.sub.8]) in which the carbon atoms reside at the corners of a cube with the H atoms outside of them along the body diagonals (151,152).
There are Otto-cycle and Stirling engines, and there is the form of carbon called "buckminsterfullerene
" (bucky-balls), on the short list of examples.
Most exciting is a new form of carbon - the buckminsterfullerene
, or "the bucky ball".
Smalley and crew named the molecule "buckminsterfullerene
" ("buckyball," for short), after the geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller, which they closely resembled.
I became interested in buckminsterfullerene
(Buckyballs) as a result of an E-Mail discussion of the topic in 1991.
Growing knowledge about a molecule postulated in 1985, isolated in 1990, and first imaged in 1991 led to a flood of research on buckminsterfullerene
(the "buckyball," for short), a soccer-ball-shaped molecule named for the inventor of the geodesic dome, another structure it resembles.
Likewise, the protein coats of spherical viruses, skeletons of many radiolarians, and the carbon 60 molecule buckminsterfullerene
are all constructed as pentagonal dodecahedrons.
measured the TE performance of SWCNT bundles with encapsulated buckminsterfullerene
([C.sub.60]) and endofullerenes (Gd@[C.sub.82] and [Er.sub.2]@[C.sub.82]), which were referred to as peapods .