Crystal Structure of C60

Buckminsterfullerene is a type of fullerene with the formula C60. It has a cage-like fused-ring structure (truncated icosahedron) that resembles a soccer ball, made of twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons. Each carbon atom has three bonds. It is a black solid that dissolves in hydrocarbon solvents to produce a violet solution.

By using CAESAR's molecule builder program, we represent the ball-stick model of C60.


Figure. The ball-stick model of buckminsterfullerene.

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