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An allotrope of carbon composed of any of various cagelike molecules that consist only of an even number of carbon atoms, are often spherical in shape, and are composed of hexagonal and pentagonal groups of atoms.

[After Richard Buckminster Fuller (from the resemblance of their configurations to his geodesic domes) + -ene.]


(Elements & Compounds) any of various carbon molecules with a polyhedral structure similar to that of buckminsterfullerene, such as C70, C76, and C84. See also buckminsterfullerene


(ˈfʊl əˌrin)
any of a class of large carbon molecules consisting of a roughly spherical shell.
[1985–90; after R. Buckminster Fuller]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fullerene - a form of carbon having a large molecule consisting of an empty cage of sixty or more carbon atoms
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
buckminsterfullerene, buckyball - a spheroidal fullerene; the first known example of a fullerene
carbon nanotube, nanotube - a fullerene molecule having a cylindrical or toroidal shape
atomic number 6, carbon, C - an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds
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This loss is called reorganization energy, but NREL researchers found little energy was lost when pairing SWCNT semiconductors with fullerene molecules.
Using various model systems, fullerene ability to penetrate through the cell membrane and efficiently reduce the ROS level was unambiguously demonstrated [1-7].
Their topics include the early days of metallofullerene research, the crystallographic study of the endohedral metallofullerenes, new developments and challenges in metal nitride clusterfullerenes, metal carbide clusterfullerenes, nitrogen atom-based endohedral fullerenes and potential applications, noble gas fullerenes, electrochemical properties of endohedral metallofullerenes, biomedical applications of trimetallic nitride endohedral metallofullerenes, and a higher LUMO (lowest unoccupied molecular orbital) level endohedral fullerene and fullerene bisadduct acceptors for polymer solar cells.
Moreover, as a new energetic fullerene derivative , energetic properties of FTNPEM by using density functional theory (DFT) method were calculated by designing isodesmic reactions.
German chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences company Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and US-based technology company Nano-C have develop dand launche dnew fullerene derivatives for the emerging field of organic photovoltaics, the companies said.
Finally, the work will move beyond our knowledge of known structurally characterized fullerenes by the development of non-carbon based alternatives within and beyond the fullerene topology.
The first fullerene to be discovered, and the family's namesake, buckminsterfullerene ([C.
However, the small absorption overlap with the solar spectrum limits the photocurrent generation in fullerene acceptors, and their deep energy level for electron conduction limits the open-circuit voltage.
A fullerene with the same number of vertices and the same pattern of faces (right) has hexagons with angles that vary in a much narrower range, which forces the faces to warp and the cage to become pointy.
5 show the CF15 coating, which is the combination of C15 and fullerene coatings, displayed significantly superior durability.
The primer is a two-part (resin + catalyst) solvent-based primer containing fullerene carbon nanotechnology.