(Blacksburg, Va., November 22, 2000) Virginia Tech chemists and colleagues at several institutions will report in the November 23, 2000 of Nature that they have created a family of fullerene molecules that break the sacrosanct isolated-pentagon rule ("A stable non-classical metallofullerene family"). Since the carbon clusters known as fullerenes, or buckyballs, were discovered in 1985, the only stable structure has consisted of even numbers of carbon atoms linking to form pentagons isolated from each other by hexagons to form a spherical cage. Now, a team of researchers have created a fullerene with pentagons that share one side -- looking like an angular figure eight.
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