Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Super Buckyball as a Molecular Sculpture

I have written an article about super buckyball, Super buckyball as a molecular sculpture - its structure and the construction method (分子雕塑─超級珠璣碳球的結構與製作), in Chinese recently. I guess it will appear in the next issue of CHEMISTRY (The Chinese Chemical Society, Taipei) (化學季刊), a local chemistry journal in Taiwan. I tried to describe the construction method of the super buckyball in details in this paper. Also, in the reference 1 of this paper, I commented on how this paper was inspired by the Horibe's works, particularly, the idea of fusing many C60s into structured super fullerenes, which is the way I understand many of his beautiful models. I wrote it in Chinese because I hope local high-school students in Taiwan can read the paper more easily and reconstruct the model as a school activity.

分子雕塑 ⎯ 超級珠璣碳球的結構與製作


臺灣大學 化學系

摘要:串珠是最適合用來建構各種芙類分子模型的材料,珠子代表芙類分子中的碳碳鍵,珠子的硬殼作 用正好模擬微觀芙類分子內的化學鍵作用。本文將介紹以模組化方式,讓許多對基本串珠模型建構有一 定認識的人,親手一起協同製作大型的超級芙類分子模型,非常適合作為中學化學與立體幾何教育的活 動,所製作的巨型模型不僅是一個為微觀分子模型,更可以說是一件具有科學含意的雕塑藝術品。

Super Buckyball as a Molecular Sculpture − Its Structure and the Construction Method

Bih-Yaw Jin

Department of Chemistry, Center of Theoretical Sciences and Center for Quantum Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan


Mathematical beading can be exploited to construct faithful physical model of any fullerene. The hard sphere interactions among different beads effectively mimic the ligand close packing of carbon-carbon bonds in fullerenes. Here we show a simple modular approach for students to build complicated graphitic structures together. Particularly, we describe in details the structure of the so-called super buckyball, which consists of sixty fused buckyballs, and our hands-on experience in making its bead model by the students of the Taipei First Girls High School collaboratively.

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