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buckminsterfullerene

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An extremely stable, ball-shaped carbon molecule, C60, reminiscent of a geodesic dome, and believed to occur naturally in soot. It was the first fullerene to be discovered.

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  • noun 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

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  • noun a spheroidal fullerene; the first known example of a fullerene

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Richard Buckminster Fuller.]

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from Richard Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome

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Examples

  • To understand how the carbon atoms in buckminsterfullerene are connected to each other, we need only recall the pattern on the surface of a soccer ball, or European football.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1996 - Presentation Speech

  • The buckminsterfullerene was the first molecule to be discovered in the class of materials that subsequently became known as fullerenes.

    Nano Tech Wire

  • The buckminsterfullerene was the first molecule to be discovered in the class of materials that subsequently became known as fullerenes.

    Nano Tech Wire

  • Tom LetourneauCumberland, R. I.Chemists Get the CreditYour June 30 story "Bucky's Very Large Dome" on Buckminster Fuller stated that "physicists discovered the soccer-ball-shaped carbon C60 molecule" and named it "buckminsterfullerene" for its resemblance to Fuller's geodesic domes.

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  • In 1985, a group of chemists discovered a new class of soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules that they dubbed "buckminsterfullerene," or "buckyballs."

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  • Interactive Google doodle marks 25 years since discovery of buckminsterfullerene C60, or the buckyball

    Jules Verne, French science fiction pioneer, marked with Google doodle

  • Nanomaterials including buckminsterfullerene have toxicity issues, but on the other hand, they have all kinds of environmental and biomedical uses.

    MIND MELD: Interesting Areas of Scientific Research

  • However, after Rice University professors Robert Curl and Richard Smalley won the Nobel Prize (with Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex) for the discovery of buckminsterfullerene, Rice started a major research effort in nanoscale science and technology.

    MIND MELD: Interesting Areas of Scientific Research

  • They dubbed it buckminsterfullerene -- or "bucky ball" to its fans.

    Keep Your Eye On The 'Bucky Balls'

  • In 1999 atoms of an extremely heavy isotope of carbon, known as “buckminsterfullerene” were shown to be capable of entanglement: they proved to have wave properties as well as corpuscular properties.

    Ervin Laszlo : EARTH, LIFE, AND MIND : THE PROMISE OF THE NEW HOLISM IN THE SCIENCES

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