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Image:Buckyball C60

Description: Molecular graphic of a buckyball (Buckminsterfullerene, C60) molecule. Until the discovery of Buckminsterfullerene (C60) in 1985 carbon had been thought to exist as only two allotropes: graphite and diamond. The new allotrope, nicknamed bucky- ball, was found to consist of 60 carbon atoms linked together in hexagons and pentagons to form a football-shaped sphere. The discovery of this class of molecules won Kroto, Curl, and Smalley the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.