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Advanced Organic Chemistry by Maya Shankar Singh

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10

Buckminsterfullerene (Soccer Ball, Bucky Ball)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this chapter you should be familiar with

  • The synthesis and isolation of C60.
  • Reactions of fullerenes.
  • Potential applications of fullerenes.
10.1 INTRODUCTION

A group of scientists namely Harold W. Kroto (University of Sussex, Brighton, England), Robert F. Curl and Richard E. Smalley (Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA) in 1985 (Nature, vol 318, p 162) tried to understand the absorption spectra of interstellar dust, which they suspected to be related to some kind of long chain carbon molecules. Unfortunately, they could not solve that problem, but in the course of their experiments they found stable closed clusters consisting of 60 carbon atoms (C60). This ...

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