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A fullerene is pure carbon molecule composed of  atleast 60 atoms of carbon. Because a fullerene takes a shape similar to a soccer ball or a geodesic dome, it is sometimes referred to as buckyball after after the inventer of the geodesic dome, Buckminster Fuler. Cyclindrical fullerenes are also called “buckytubes” or carbon nanotubes. One of the interesting  properties of the fullerene is that they can be man-made or found in nature, for instance, where the constructive of nature organic elements such as graphite have sheets of carbon atoms arranged in hexagons.By manipulating elements on a molecular level, scientist are able to build fullerenes such as carbon nanotubes for research and design for nanomaterials or other purpose .


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