The study of carbon has been revolutionized since the discovery of the soccerball shaped C60 molecule Buckminsterfullerene. This book examines the modern study of the chemistry, physics and astrophysics of carbon, through contributions from leading workers in the subject. It includes a history of the origins of a soccerball structure for the C60 molecule and a section on its discovery and production. It then looks at the theory and the astrophysics and chemistry of the material. These contributions result from a meeting held at the Royal Society in October 1992. The contributions formerly appeared in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
Table of Contents
1. The evolution of the football structure for the C60 molecule: a retrospective E. Osawa; 2. Dreams in a charcoal fire: predictions about giant fullerenes and graphite nanotubes D. E. H. Jones; 3. On the formation of the fullerenes R. F. Curl; 4. Production and discovery of fullerites: new forms of crystalline carbon W. Kratschmer and D. R. Huffman; 5. Systematics of fullerenes and related clusters P. W. Fowler; 6. The fullerenes: powerful carbon-based electron acceptors R. C. Haddon; 7. The carbon-bearing material in the outflows from luminous carbon-rich stars M. Jura; 8. Elemental carbon as interstellar dust C. T. Pillinger; 9. The pattern of additions to fullerenes R. Taylor; 10. Polyynes and the formation of fullerenes H. W. Kroto and D. R. M. Walton; 11. Hypothetical graphite structures with negative gaussian curvature A. L. Mackay and H. Terrones; 12. Fullerenes as an example of basic research in industry E. Wasserman; 13. Δhedral views of fullerene polymorphism D. L. D. Caspar; 14. Geodesic domes and fullerenes.