Comments on fullerenes

The C60 or 'Buckball' belongs to a very small set of known molecules with icosahedral symmetry. The icosahedral group Ih 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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