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Decades-old Mystery of BUCKYBALLS cracked!

 
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Decades-old Mystery of BUCKYBALLS cracked!
[link to phys.org]

After exploring for 25 years, scientists have solved the question of how the iconic family of caged-carbon molecules known as buckyballs form.

The results from Florida State University and the National Science Foundation-supported National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, or MagLab, in Tallahassee, Fla., shed fundamental light on the self-assembly of carbon networks. The findings should have important implications for carbon nanotechnology and provide insight into the origin of space fullerenes, which are found throughout the universe.

Many people know the buckyball, also known by scientists as buckminsterfullerene, carbon 60 or C60, from the covers of their school chemistry textbooks. Indeed, the molecule represents the iconic image of “chemistry.” But how these often highly symmetrical, beautiful molecules with fascinating properties form in the first place has been a mystery for a quarter-century. Despite worldwide investigation since the 1985 discovery of C60, buckminsterfullerene and other, non-spherical C60 molecules — known collectively as fullerenes — have kept their secrets. How? They're born under highly energetic conditions and grow ultra-fast, making them difficult to analyze.

“The difficulty with fullerene formation is that the process is literally over in a flash — it’s next to impossible to see how the magic trick of their growth was performed,” said Paul Dunk, a doctoral student in chemistry and biochemistry at Florida State and lead author of the work.

In the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications, the scientists describe their ingenious approach to testing how fullerenes grow.

“We started with a paste of pre-existing fullerene molecules mixed with carbon and helium, shot it with a laser, and instead of destroying the fullerenes we were surprised to find they’d actually grown," they wrote. The fullerenes were able to absorb and incorporate carbon from the surrounding gas.
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Since carbon's kinda important and all...to humans.
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Re: Decades-old Mystery of BUCKYBALLS cracked!
Besides, who doesn't love to say "BUCKYBALLS"?
This is the internet. Your opinion is irrelevant, unless you own a pornsite.
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Re: Decades-old Mystery of BUCKYBALLS cracked!
BUCKYBALLS!
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Besides, who doesn't love to say "BUCKYBALLS"?
 Quoting: Evil_Twin


Sorry for Bucky, it must really hurt..

But really this is important, we are finding all the supposed particles in matter now..Soon flying belts and Jetsons cars..
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Re: Decades-old Mystery of BUCKYBALLS cracked!
[link to en.wikipedia.org]

Fullerenes

A fullerene is any molecule composed entirely of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid or tube. Spherical fullerenes are also called buckyballs, and they resemble the balls used in soccer. Cylindrical ones are called carbon nanotubes or buckytubes. Fullerenes are similar in structure to graphite, which is composed of stacked graphene sheets of linked hexagonal rings; but they may also contain pentagonal (or sometimes heptagonal) rings.[1]

The first fullerene to be discovered, and the family's namesake, buckminsterfullerene (C60), was prepared in 1985 by Richard Smalley, Robert Curl, James Heath, Sean O'Brien, and Harold Kroto at Rice University. The name was an homage to Buckminster Fuller, whose geodesic domes it resembles. The structure was also identified some five years earlier by Sumio Iijima, from an electron microscope image, where it formed the core of a "bucky onion." Fullerenes have since been found to occur in nature. More recently, fullerenes have been detected in outer space.

According to astronomer Letizia Stanghellini, "It’s possible that buckyballs from outer space provided seeds for life on Earth.”
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Besides, who doesn't love to say "BUCKYBALLS"?
 Quoting: Evil_Twin


Or "BACON BUCKYBALLS"
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Fullerenes

A fullerene is any molecule composed entirely of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid or tube. Spherical fullerenes are also called buckyballs, and they resemble the balls used in soccer. Cylindrical ones are called carbon nanotubes or buckytubes. Fullerenes are similar in structure to graphite, which is composed of stacked graphene sheets of linked hexagonal rings; but they may also contain pentagonal (or sometimes heptagonal) rings.[1]

The first fullerene to be discovered, and the family's namesake, buckminsterfullerene (C60), was prepared in 1985 by Richard Smalley, Robert Curl, James Heath, Sean O'Brien, and Harold Kroto at Rice University. The name was an homage to Buckminster Fuller, whose geodesic domes it resembles. The structure was also identified some five years earlier by Sumio Iijima, from an electron microscope image, where it formed the core of a "bucky onion." Fullerenes have since been found to occur in nature. More recently, fullerenes have been detected in outer space.

According to astronomer Letizia Stanghellini, "It’s possible that buckyballs from outer space provided seeds for life on Earth.”
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 Quoting: ArunaLuna


not buckyballs from outer space!!!!!

ahh
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Besides, who doesn't love to say "BUCKYBALLS"?
 Quoting: Evil_Twin


Or "BACON BUCKYBALLS"
 Quoting: ArunaLuna


Don't tease!
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08/01/2012 09:53 AM

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Personally, I didn't think you had the buckyballs to post this.

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Re: Decades-old Mystery of BUCKYBALLS cracked!
Hi, I'm Bucky. Are you guys talking about me?
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Hi, I'm Bucky. Are you guys talking about me?
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...how's your balls?
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Hi, I'm Bucky. Are you guys talking about me?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1259549


...how's your balls?
 Quoting: GeordieLegend


Bucky just bucky
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