Monday, March 14, 2011

C60 vs C168

One can view C60 or a buckyball as the simplest graphitic sheet embedded in a sphere with every pentagon connected to five other pentagons by only single carbon-carbon bonds. In this sense, C168 can be viewed as the "buckyball" in the hyperbolic space with every heptagon connected to seven other heptagons by only single carbon-carbon bonds.

I made a bead model of C168 that consists only of one tetrapod (half unit cell). So only 84 carbon atoms are included in this structure. The structure I posted previously contains 5 unit cells.

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