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November 8th, 2006

Buckyballs with a Surprise

A Virginia-based startup called Luna nanoWorks is nearing commercialization of a novel version of buckyballs--soccerball-shaped carbon molecules--that the company says could improve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and lead to high-efficiency solar cells. Each buckyball is made of 80 carbon atoms with metal-nitride clusters trapped inside, creating a nanomaterial with novel electronic, optical, and magnetic properties.

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