News & CommentChemistry

New Fullerene Rounds Out the Family

Science  26 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5372, pp. 2044
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5372.2044

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Researchers have isolated a spherical carbon molecule that contains just 36 carbon atoms, in contrast to the 60 carbons in its famous cousin, the buckyball. Tests show that the new molecule, described in this week's issue of Nature, is far more chemically reactive than its larger relative, which could make it easier to fashion into everything from high-temperature superconductors to high-strength materials.