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More carbon-cage molecules.

More carbon-cage molecules

Buckminsterfullerene is a recently discovered, stable cluster of 60 carbon atoms, which may have a geometric structure like the pattern on a soccer ball (SN: 11/23/85, p.325; 12/21&28/85, p.396). Now theoreticians are coming up with more possible carbon-cage molecules. A group at Texas A&M University at Galveston predicts that 180- and 24-atom carbon clusters may also be especially stable. Neither has yet been observed experimentally. Their report is in the Oct. 23 NATURE.
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Title Annotation:180- and 240-atom carbon clusters
Publication:Science News
Date:Nov 8, 1986
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