Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 1, 2011

Factoid #6: Buckyball

Factoid #6:

A buckyball is a hollow, soccer-ball-like sphere of 60 carbon atoms. Other names for this molecule include fullerene and buckminsterfullerene. This molecule is so small that it measures about 1 nanometer (see Factoid #3: Nanometer) in diameter.


  1. I like this word. Totally odd word.

    • I love it, too. The buckyball was named for Buckminster Fuller of geodesic dome fame. Cheers, Ashley

  2. It’s a really nifty little structure. I always wanted to live in one of these, when I was younger. Thanks for the reminder, A.C.

    • Hi J.D., Buckyballs have lots of useful applications coming as well, many in medicine. Cheers, Ashley

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