buck·​min·​ster·​ful·​ler·​ene | \ ˈbək-(ˌ)min-stər-ˌfu̇-lə-ˈrēn How to pronounce buckminsterfullerene (audio) \

Definition of buckminsterfullerene

: a spherical fullerene C60 that is an extremely stable form of pure carbon, consists of interconnected pentagons and hexagons suggestive of the geometry of a geodesic dome, and is believed to be a major constituent of soot

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In 1985, scientists actually synthesized something like them as buckminsterfullerene molecules (a name inspired by the architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes). Sam Roberts, New York Times, "David E.H. Jones, Scientist Whose Alter Ego Challenged Conventions, Dies at 79," 30 July 2017 The spherical molecule, also known as buckminsterfullerene, led to the buckytube, carbon cunningly woven into a hollow pipe. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Dawn of the Carbon Age," 1 Dec. 2005

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First Known Use of buckminsterfullerene

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buckminsterfullerene

R. Buckminster Fuller

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