Interlocking properties of buckyballs

A. V. Dyskin, Y. Estrin, A. J. Kanel-Belov, E. Pasternak

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A geometric possibility of arranging C60 molecules (buckyballs) in a monolayer in which they are interlocked topologically is considered. Three arrangements of this type, all different from the common, face centred cubic fullerene structure, are presented. Although in this analysis the buckyballs are treated in a simplified way, as rigid bodies, the realization of structures in which C60 molecules would be arranged in the way described may lead to mechanically stronger fullerene monolayers. The Letter aims to initiate discussion of the viability and the potential of the new systems of interlocked buckyballs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 8 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Support from the Australian Research Council through Discovery Grant DP0210574 (2002–2004) and Linkage International Grant LX0347195 (2002–2004) as well as DFG Grant ES-74/10-1 is acknowledged. One of the authors (E.P.) acknowledges support through an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship 2002–2003.


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