BuckyBalls New Allotrope of Carbon
Buckyball is the allotropic form of carbon.
Buckyball is a member of the class of structures called carbon fullerenes.
Fullerenes were also discovered in outer space.
- What is a Bucky ball?
2. Why they are called Buckyballs?
3. Buckyballs Shape
4. Common Buckyballs
5. Smallest Buckyballs
6. Higher Buckyballs
7. Uses of Buckyballs
Two or more structural forms of the same chemical element are called allotropes.
Allotropes of Carbon:
Diamond, graphite and buckyballs are the three allotropic forms of carbon.
What is a Buckyball?
The spherical fullerene is called Buckyball.
Fullerenes are molecules composed entirely of carbon atoms in the
form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid or tube.
Like soccer ( football)
Most common Buckyball: C60
Smallest Buckyball: C20
Higher Buckyball: C60 , C70 , C76 , C84.
Why they are called Buckyball?
Buckyballs consist of carbon atoms.
(carbon atoms linked to three other carbon atoms by a covalent bond)
In Buckyballs, carbon atoms are connected in hexagons & pentagons patterns.
Uses of Buckyballs:
- Powerful anti-oxidant
- Used to deliver drugs to infected areas
- Fight against the HIV virus
- Used in anti-ageing & anti-wrinkle creams
- Used as a cutting tool
Frequently Asked Questions-FAQs
What is the latest allotrope of carbon?
The newly discovered carbon allotrope is named fullerene (C60). A fullerene is a carbon molecule with a hollow spherical, ellipsoid, tube, and numerous other configurations. Fullerenes that are spherical are also known as buckyballs.
What are carbon buckyballs?
Buckyballs are made of carbon atoms covalently bonded to three other carbon atoms. Nevertheless, the carbon atoms are bonded in the same pattern of hexagons and pentagons as a soccer ball, giving buckyballs its spherical shape.
Which allotrope found in the form of buckyball?
Bucky ball is a carbon element allotrope. A fullerene (also known as a Bucky ball) is a type of carbon in which carbon atoms are organised in a soccer-ball-like hollow sphere.
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