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The Fullerenes By H. W. Kroto

The Fullerenes by H. W. Kroto

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In 1990, Buckminsterfullerene C60 was isolated for the first time in macroscopic amounts. This book presents papers from key scientists in the Buckminsterfullerene story.

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The Fullerenes: New Horizons for the Chemistry, Physics and Astrophysics of Carbon by H. W. Kroto

In 1985, Buckminsterfullerene (fullerene-60) C60 was discovered serendipitously during graphite laser vaporisation experiments designed to simulate the chemistry in a red giant carbon star. The molecule was isolated for the first time in macroscopic amounts in 1990, a breakthrough which triggered an explosion of research into its chemical and physical properties. The fullerenes hold great potential for material science applications, such as semiconductors and microscopic engineering, and as new compounds for pharmaceuticals, polymers and the chemical industry. In October 1992, a Discussion Meeting of the Royal Society entitled A Post-Buckminsterfullerene View of the Chemistry, Physics and Astrophysics of Carbon, organised by H. W. Kroto, A. L. Makay, G. Turner and D. R. M. Walton, was held to celebrate this exciting advance. The scientists who played key roles in the discovery and who are currently uncovering fascinating problems and the implications of this elegant molecule presented the papers published in this book.

The Fullerenes Reviews

"...a thin yet substantial volume. History and current research and related fields, including even a chapter on architecture, come together in this book." Istvan Hargittal, The Chemical Intelligencer

Table of Contents

1. The evolution of the football structure for the C60 molecule: a retrospective E. Osawa; 2. Dreams in a charcoal fire: predictions about giant fullerenes and graphite nanotubes D. E. H. Jones; 3. On the formation of the fullerenes R. F. Curl; 4. Production and discovery of fullerites: new forms of crystalline carbon W. Kratschmer and D. R. Huffman; 5. Systematics of fullerenes and related clusters P. W. Fowler; 6. The fullerenes: powerful carbon-based electron acceptors R. C. Haddon; 7. The carbon-bearing material in the outflows from luminous carbon-rich stars M. Jura; 8. Elemental carbon as interstellar dust C. T. Pillinger; 9. The pattern of additions to fullerenes R. Taylor; 10. Polyynes and the formation of fullerenes H. W. Kroto and D. R. M. Walton; 11. Hypothetical graphite structures with negative gaussian curvature A. L. Mackay and H. Terrones; 12. Fullerenes as an example of basic research in industry E. Wasserman; 13. Deltahedral views of fullerene polymorphism D. L. D. Caspar; 14. Geodesic domes and fullerenes.

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The Fullerenes: New Horizons for the Chemistry, Physics and Astrophysics of Carbon by H. W. Kroto
Cambridge University Press
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