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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.]
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(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
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(ˈfʊl əˌrin)
any of a class of large carbon molecules consisting of a roughly spherical shell.
[1985–90; after R. Buckminster Fuller]
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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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With an account of the spherical symmetry of a fullerene, for the wave function we use the standard ansatz [psi](r, v, [psi]) = R(r)[Y.sub.lm](v, [psi]).
Three-dimensional molecule editing techniques and structural optimization using semiempirical PM7 Hamiltonian [4], and molecular docking were used to predict in silico the interaction energy between Ops pesticides and fullerene derivatives, designed based on AChE active site, as target to the organophosphates compounds, to describe in molecular level the interaction of Ops with proposed molecules.
Although the properties of diamond and graphite have been extensively analyzed, other allotropic forms of carbon such as fullerene, carbon nanotubes (CNT), or graphene are of recent interest (Figure 1).
One of the main causes of the relatively low efficiency of polymer solar cells is incomplete harvesting of solar photons, which is due to the relatively narrow absorption spectrum of the polymer donor and the low absorption of the fullerene acceptor in the visible spectral range.
Density functional calculations of the reactions C[X.sub.3] radical + [C.sub.20][H.sub.20] (X = H, F, Cl, and Br) based on two pathways (H-displacement and H-abstraction from [C.sub.20][H.sub.20]) showed that C[H.sub.3] radical prefers H-abstraction from [C.sub.20][H.sub.20] while F-displacement is favorable for the reaction of C[F.sub.3] radical with the fullerene. Exothermic characters of H-abstraction with the lower potential barrier indicate that the H-abstraction would dominate the reaction C[Cl.sub.3.sup.*] + [C.sub.20][H.sub.20] while endothermic characters with high potential barrier heights for two reaction pathways of [C.sub.20][H.sub.20] with C[Br.sub.3.sup.*] indicate unfavorable thermodynamically and kinetically pathways for these reactions [3].
Preparation and crystallographic characterization of [C.sub.60][{[eta]l-Ru(CO).sub.2](p5-C5H5)}2: a locally crowded organometallic fullerene without the usual r)2-bonding.
As it turned out, this mineral is mainly composed of carbon, much of which is represented by the spherical molecules of fullerenes. Eventually, the revelation of fullerene in shungite rocks provided a new impetus to the exploration of shungite [24].
This loss is called reorganization energy, but NREL researchers found little energy was lost when pairing SWCNT semiconductors with fullerene molecules.
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.
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.