Definition of buckminsterfullerene in English:



mass nounChemistry
  • A form of carbon having molecules of 60 atoms arranged in a polyhedron resembling a geodesic sphere.

    See also fullerene
    • ‘The Nobel prize was awarded in 1996 to their discoverers, who had formally named the molecule buckminsterfullerene for its resemblance to the geodesic domes of architect R. Buckminster Fuller.’
    • ‘The first fullerene, a sixty-atom cage called buckminsterfullerene, was discovered in 1985.’
    • ‘When 12 of buckminsterfullerene's 60 carbons are replaced by nitrogens, it can link up with other ‘buckyballs ‘to form a strong and springy material.’’
    • ‘The most famous is buckminsterfullerene, discovered in 1985, which is made up of 60 carbon atoms arranged in 12 pentagonal rings and 20 hexagonal rings.’
    • ‘This is how I think about the fact that buckminsterfullerene, C 60, reached macroscopic stability - in the special reaction conditions of a carbon arc in a helium atmosphere.’


1980s: named after Richard Buckminster Fuller (see Fuller, R. Buckminster).