# Comments on fullerenes

The C60 or 'Buckball' belongs to a very small set of known molecules
with icosahedral symmetry. The icosahedral group **I**_{h} is
of order 120 (the rotations form a subgroup I of order 60).
There are now a whole family of 'fullerenes', with smaller symmetry groups.
A review:

R.F. Curl and R.E. Smalley
Fullerenes
Scientific American 264, Oct 1991, 32-41

There is a gallery of
fullerene structures
at the SUNYSB Molecular Structure Laboratory.

### Below, C60 as a stick and ball model

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