Materials Science


What is a fullerene?

A fullerene is any molecule made up of only carbon atoms that has a shape of a sphere, ellipsoid (a distorted sphere), or a tube. The name fullerene comes from Richard Buckminster Fuller, an architect who designed the geodesic dome (Spaceship Earth at Epcot Center is a geodesic dome). The U.S. Post Office recently commemorated Fuller and and his geodesic dome on a stamp.


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