What is a Buckey Ball?

Buckyball or fullerene is the newly found allotrope of carbon. Bucky ball is a carbon molecule structure (C60) shaped like a hollow sphere. It is composed of only carbon atoms and also known as buckminsterfullerene
Spherical fullerenes are called buckey balls whereas cylindrical ones are called buckytubes. Harold Kroto, Richard Smalley, James Heath and Robert Curl discovered (C60) at Rice University. It was named after architect Richard Buckminster Fuller and discovered in 1985. Google recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Buckey Ball by honouring it in an interactive Google Doodle on Google’s homepage.

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