Definition of buckminsterfullerene in English:

buckminsterfullerene

noun

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

    See also fullerene
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

buckminsterfullerene

/ˌbəkminstərˈfo͝oləˌrēn/