buckyball molecule

buckyball molecule


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An allotropic form of carbon (also known as a buckminsterfullerene). It has a cage structure and has the formula C50, C60, and C70.
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The Buckyball molecule was first discovered at Rice in 1985 and their curvature means they are very effective at binding the amine molecules that capture carbon dioxide.
"We've found that around 600 C is an ideal temperature for getting things in or out of buckyball molecule," says team leader Martin Saunders, a chemistry professor.
The scientists believe that manipulating either the buckyball molecule or its crystal geometry might also allow them to vary how many and what kinds of gas molecules a crystal will hold, as well as the release rate of those gases.
He predicts that researchers will eventually serve up buckyballs a hundred different ways, polymerized and with distinctive chemical "flabors" resulting from additions to the buckyball molecule, substitutions in the carbon network itself or "guest" atoms and molecules trapped inside the carbon spheres.
Theoretical predictions of the existence of buckyball molecules appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but these predictions were largely unnoticed.