Interesting coincidence - last week I visited an exhibit about the big bang, but I do not remember seeing any buckyballs there…
well as high symmetry molecules of the bent-benzenoid type they would probably only absorb IR weakly and visible not at all, but would be fairly strong UV absorbers, so mine use false color by necessity
Well, my camera was not set up to take IR or UV, but I will see what shots I did get
I got a big bang out of your artwork …
Aaaaahhh, now I know…they had those in the local supermarket the other day
Very colorful they are
more bang for your bucks @FlickColeman ?
Well, @FlickColeman , I did not see any buckyballs, but does a football count?
From our visit to the Deutsches Museum, Munich, last week.
Neatest Buckyballs i’ve ever seen! Thanks for the big bang! Creative image.
now simply “jealous”
well there is a great deal of similarity between a football (European meaning) and a buckyball, including this picture taken the day after C60 was identified in Smalley’s lab that shows Curl holding a soccerball that was one of their inspirations for the proposed structure
The soccer ball does have it’s uses - had Kroto not been British, from where would the inspiration have originated?
And of course, graphene is the latest carbon discovery
there are a number of legends about the goal of predicting structure on the night of discovery, and several of these have various soccer-ball-like components. The one that I have always liked best is that one of the post-docs or graduate students who was involved brought to work the next day a model built of toothpicks and gumdrops - it was soccer ball shaped but another hungry students ate it before it was memorialized