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April 29th, 2004

Baby buckyballs hold unusual promise

Miniature "buckyballs" have been created for the first time, and hold the promise of new and unusual physical properties for nano-engineers to explore. Normally it takes 60 carbon atoms to construct a stable buckyball. But Su-Yuan Xie, from Xiamen University in south-east China, and colleagues made buckyballs from just 50 carbon atoms, by using a ring of 10 chlorine atoms as a belt to support the smaller structure.

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