Definitions for buckminsterfullereneˌbʌk mɪn stərˈfʊl əˌrin
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buck•min•ster•ful•ler•eneˌbʌk mɪn stərˈfʊl əˌrin(n.)
the form of fullerene having sixty carbon atoms.
Origin of buckminsterfullerene:
1985; see fullerene
a spheroidal fullerene; the first known example of a fullerene
an allotrope of carbon having a hollow molecule consisting of 60 atoms arranged in 12 pentagonal and 20 hexagonal faces to form a truncated icosahedron; the smallest of the fullerenes
Origin: from Richard Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome
Buckminsterfullerene is a spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60. It has a cage-like fused-ring structure which resembles a soccer ball, made of twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons, with a carbon atom at each vertex of each polygon and a bond along each polygon edge. It was first intentionally prepared in 1985 by Harold Kroto, James R. Heath, Sean O'Brien, Robert Curl and Richard Smalley at Rice University. Kroto, Curl and Smalley were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their roles in the discovery of buckminsterfullerene and the related class of molecules, the fullerenes. The name is a homage to Buckminster Fuller, as C60 resembles his trademark geodesic domes. Buckminsterfullerene is the most commonly naturally occurring fullerene molecule, as it can be found in small quantities in soot. Solid and gaseous forms of the molecule have been detected in deep space. Buckminsterfullerene is the largest object to have been shown to exhibit wave–particle duality. Its discovery led to the exploration of a new field of chemistry, involving the study of fullerenes.
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