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Keywords:

  • carbon allotropes;
  • fullerenes;
  • nanostructures;
  • Nobel lecture
  • Carbon allotropes;
  • Fullerenes;
  • Nanostructures;
  • Nobel lecture

Bucky get the prize—eleven years after the discovery of C60 in 1985, the realization that carbon makes this truncated isosahedral molecule, and larger geodesic cages, all by itself is honored with the Nobel Prize. Only with the development of laser-vaporization cluster beam methods did the particular signification of C60 become apparent. Indeed the discovery process with respect to fullerenes and the properties of carbon is far from being complete.