Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, c2012.
Fragments of Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes brings together international experts in the field to discuss their findings related to all aspects of this fascinating, beautiful and fairly recently discovered form of carbon. Familiarly known as “buckyballs” for their similarity in appearance to the highly symmetrical geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller (and, also, soccer balls), fullerenes, and the related carbon nanotubes, hold out the tantalizing possibility of offering true superconductivity, with the potential to allow us to more efficiently harness our current electricity supply and to power the photovoltaic devices that could decrease our dependence upon oil and electricity. Professor Scott, widely recognized for his early and continued ground-breaking work in the “rational” synthesis of C60 (a spherical fullerene composed of 60 carbon atoms), serves as co-editor of this volume (and co-author of Chapter 9), along with his colleague, and long-time collaborator in the field, Professor Marina Petrukhina (University of Albany). With a foreword by Sir Harold Kroto, awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (with Robert F. Curl and Richard E. Smalley, for their discovery of this class of compounds), this volume covers a wide range of topics including current methods of synthesis, molecular geometry, and reactivity with metals, as well as descriptions of newer members of the fullerene family of molecules and related compounds, including open geodesic polyarenes, called fullerene fragments or buckybowls.