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February 18th, 2011

Carbon Jelly: C60's Latest Trick

Abstract:
Carbon soccer balls can form into gels all by themselves, say chemists, overturning the long-held belief that gels must consist of at least two chemical components.

Now even that piece of common-lore might have to change. Today, Patrick Royall at the University of Bristol in the UK and Stephen Williams at the Australian National University say that C60, the soccer ball form of carbon, can form into a gel all by itself.

Such a substance would be a bizarre chemical curiosity. It means that in addition to forming diamond, graphite, graphene and an infinite number of carbon chickenwire structures such as tubes and footballs, carbon can also be a jelly.

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