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"The Molecule"

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This is the Fullerene C20 Molecule.

It is the smallest of the Fullerenes and was the last one to be synthesized due to its small size and due to internal pressures it is rather unstable.  Its crystalline structure is a “Pentagonal Dodecahedron”.

It is not to be confused with the Fullerene C60 or Buckminsterfullerene (Buckeyball) which has the shape of a soccer ball (futbol).  (Which when cut in half, it becomes a geodesic dome.)

Carbon when organized in rings of ‘5’ makes a spherical C20, a Dodecahedron.

Carbon when organized in rings of ‘5’ and ‘6’ makes a spherical C60, a Buckeyball

Carbon when organized in rings of ‘6’ makes a tubular Cn, a Nanotube.

For a 3D movable drawing of this and other variations on this theme, go to:

In the model above, the white balls represent Carbon Atoms, (20), while the blue sticks represent the bonds between the Carbon Atoms, (30), i.e. shared pairs of electrons.  The red sticks are not part of the model.

This molecular model was the inspiration for “the C-20” or “The Bubble House” concept in the spring of 1995.

Jared Gann

Friday, February 27, 2009

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