Chemists predict structures of' natural' fullerenes

Baggott, Jim
October 1991
New Scientist;10/26/91, Vol. 132 Issue 1792, p24
Reports on chemists Patrick Fowler and David Manolopoulos' use of simple chemical theory to devise a set of rules for predicting the most stable and most likely structures for any number of carbon atoms in larger fullerenes. Need for the carbon atoms to use up all four of their outermost electrons when they bond together; Splitting of the fullerenes with more than 60 carbon atoms into three number series.


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