What is a Buckyball?

Buckyballs have 60 carbon atoms arranged in a 3D spherical structure, and with their alternating patterns of hexagons and pentagons, resemble an everyday black-and-white soccer ball.  

Why is C60 also called a Buckyball?

Renowned architect, R Buckminster Fuller is the origin of the nick-name buckyballs. The name was an homage to Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome (which it resembles), designed for the 1967 Montreal World Exhibition. 

What do fullerenes do?

A Fullerene is any molecule composed entirely of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid or tube. The first fullerene molecule to be discovered, buckminsterfullerene or C60 was prepared by Professor Sir Harold (Harry) Kroto, jointly with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley in 1985. Fullerenes (C60) have potential antiviral activity based on their unique molecular architecture and antioxidant activity. [4]

Buckyballs (C60) in space?

In 2010 Astronomers discovered “buckyballs” in space for the first-time using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Sir Harry Kroto commented “this most exciting breakthrough provides convincing evidence that the buckyball has, as I long suspected, existed since time immemorial in the dark recesses of our galaxy.” [5]

According to astronomer Letizia Stanghellini, “It’s possible that buckyballs from outer space provided seeds for life on Earth.” [6]

Can you take too much C60?

Studies have shown there is no toxicity, but you might get the runs just as if you drank a bottle of oil. There’s not much point in hero-dosing it, as it’s fairly expensive and you may get the “zoomies.”

Is C60 a nanoparticle?

C60 is a single tiny molecule made up of 60 carbon atoms which leaves the body after about ten days. [7]

 

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