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What are Carbon60 Fullerenes?

  • Also known as the abbreviation, C60
  • One of the allotropic forms of carbon
  • Discovered by Rice University researchers in 1985

Prior to the discovery of C60, there were only 2 types of allotropic carbon found in nature: diamond and graphite. C60 was added to the list in the mid-1980s.

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SES Research is the go-to source for fullerenes. Our product is pure and high quality. We’ve been providing fullerenes to clients since the summer of 1990. We manufacture them for many commercial clients, including some marketplace competitors. If you want it from the source, buy from SES Research. Contact us at 713-686-9662 or online for more information!

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The Origins of C60 Fullerenes

The material’s namesake dates back to 1985, when Richard Buckminster Fuller created the geodesic dome. Fuller was considered a pioneer due to his revolutionary work in construction, public service, and technology. He consistently worked on projects meant to improve the overall human condition. His geodesic dome was no exception. It was meant to make shelter more affordable, comfortable, and efficient for people of all economic backgrounds.

This architectural construction looked similar to the Carbon Fullerene sphere C60 in its natural state; thus, the “fuller”ene was born. Following that discovery, another new carbon structure was found: Carbon Nanotubes! These nanotubes are seamless cylinders of hexagonal carbon networks, or tubes, formed either as a singlewall molecule or multiwalled molecules.


Fullerene – A molecule of carbon in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid, tube, and many other different shapes.


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Uses and Application

Carbon fullerenes are spherical, caged molecules with carbon atoms located at the corner of the polyhedral structure consisting of pentagons and hexagons. They are shaped like soccer balls!

Primarily used to enhance conduction, fullerenes – also referred to as buckyballs – are used for a myriad of purposes. Examples include:

  • Photo detectors and voltaics
  • Polymer electronics and additives
  • Antioxidants and biopharmaceuticals
  • Bioscience research
  • Safety products
  • Chemical storage
  • Health and public service

The Many Forms of Carbon Fullerenes

  • Carbon 60 (most abundant form, soccer ball shape)
  • Carbon 70 (rugby ball shape)
  • Carbon 84 (spherical shape)

These materials and other modified Fullerenes derivatives are available from SES Research and are commonly shipped worldwide. You can now buy fullerenes and nanotubes here at SES Research.

We have worked with industry-leading research labs and institutions such as MIT, Rice University, IFW Dresden EV, the University of Texas, UC Berkley, I.E. DuPont, and more.

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