BuckyBalls New Allotrope of Carbon

BuckyBalls New Allotrope of Carbon

Bucky ball C60
Bucky ball C60

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.

Topics Covered:

  1. 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.

Allotropes of carbon
Allotropes of carbon

What is a Buckyball?

    C60 structure
C60 structure

The spherical fullerene is called Buckyball.

Fullerenes are molecules composed entirely of carbon atoms in the

form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid or tube.

Buckyball Appearance:

Like soccer ( football)

Most common Buckyball: C60

Smallest Buckyball: C20

Higher Buckyball: C60 , C70 , C76 , C84.

Why they are called Buckyball?

dome shape of buckyball
dome shape of 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.

C60 consist of 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons
Pentagons and hexagons in a buckyball
Pentagons and hexagons in a buckyball

Uses of Buckyballs:

  • Superconductor
  • 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

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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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