MODEL SETS FOR MATERIALS SCIENCE
HC590 THE FULLERENES - BUCKYBALL AND CARBON NANOTUBES
The buckyball and carbon nanotubes are members of the fullerene family. There are three unique geometries of carbon nanotubes: zigzag, chiral, and armchair. The ends of a nanotube might be open or capped with a hemisphere of the buckyball structure. Carbon nanotubes have novel properties that make them potentially useful in many applications. Use The Fullerenes Model Set to build buckyballs or any of the three types of carbon nanotubes. This set has 590 parts!
The soccer ball shaped C60 molecule was named “buckerminsterfullerene” or “buckyball” for short. It is a member of a group of similar structures known as the fullerenes. This new allotrope of carbon is spherical in shape with 32 faces, 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons. The buckyball has 90 covalent bonds.