The Smallest Stable Fullerene, M@C28 (M = Ti, Zr, U)
Buckminster Fullerenes ("Buckyballs") have fascinated chemists since the original discovery of C60, leading to the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Curl, Kroto and Smalley. Although fullerenes of various sizes have since been observed, the theoretically smallest fullerene, C28, has until now escaped detection, due to its high curvature and thus high reactivity.
- Research Area: Chemistry
- Research Initiatives: Energy,Materials
- Facility / Program: ICR
- Year: 2012