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buckminsterfullerene

Line breaks: buck|min¦ster|ful¦ler|ene
Pronunciation: /ˌbʌkmɪnstəˈfʊləriːn
 
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Definition of buckminsterfullerene in English:

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A form of carbon having molecules of 60 atoms arranged in a polyhedron resembling a geodesic sphere. See also fullerene.
Example sentences
  • The Nobel prize was awarded in 1996 to their discoverers, who had formally named the molecule buckminsterfullerene for its resemblance to the geodesic domes of architect R. Buckminster Fuller.
  • The first fullerene, a sixty-atom cage called buckminsterfullerene, was discovered in 1985.
  • When 12 of buckminsterfullerene's 60 carbons are replaced by nitrogens, it can link up with other ‘buckyballs ‘to form a strong and springy material.’

Origin

1980s: named after Richard Buckminster Fuller (see Fuller, R. Buckminster).

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