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The shape of things to come — Buckyballs are hot in fields like nanotech, materials science, electronics and medicine.

Carbon is an amazing element which can take many forms; famously diamond, coal and graphite. In 1985 a new form (allotrope) of carbon, C60, was discovered; it was named the Buckminsterfullerene in honor of R. Buckminster Fuller because the shape of the molecules resembled Fuller’'s Geodesic Domes.

Predicted by Eiji Osawa in 1970, the 1985 discovery of the C60 molecule won Harold Kroto, Robert Curl and Richard Smalley the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. It also gave birth to a new field of chemistry, given to the exploration of fullerenes.

With potential applications spanning the gamut from electronics, superconductivity, drug delivery, nanotechnology and more; fullerenes are an exciting part of a future that by today’s tech standards seems downright magical.


Struts 90
Nodes 60
Total Parts 150


Parts Chart Supershort Short Medium
  Name 0 Short 1 Medium 2 Long
Blue B Blue 90    
Yellow Y Yellow      
Red R Red      
Green G Green      
Color Qty
Node 60

Instructions Download
Recommended ages 10+
Parts included


Weight .5 lbs
UPC 709743200370

This molecule is igniting a revolution.