A hollow spherical molecule composed of a large number of carbon atoms.
- The early promise of the spherical all-carbon fullerenes, better known to non-chemists as buckyballs, have not yet lived up to their early hype.
- Not only are further studies needed about the environmental effects of buckyballs, but on the buckyballs themselves.
- Smalley was the recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery of closed, hollow cages of carbon atoms known as buckyballs.
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