buckminsterfullerene vs buckyball what difference

what is difference between buckminsterfullerene and buckyball



From the name of Richard Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome, +‎ -ene.


buckminsterfullerene (plural buckminsterfullerenes)

  1. An allotrope of carbon having a hollow molecule consisting of 60 atoms arranged in 12 pentagonal and 20 hexagonal faces to form a truncated icosahedron; the smallest of the fullerenes.


  • footballene

See also

  • fullerene
  • fulleride
  • buckyball
  • buckytube

Further reading

  • David Barthelmy (1997–2021), “Buckminsterfullerene”, in Webmineral Mineralogy Database.
  • “buckminsterfullerene”, in Mindat.org[1], Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, 2000–2021.


Alternative forms

  • bucky-ball


Blend of buckminsterfullerene +‎ ball, used as an abbreviation for buckminsterfullerene


buckyball (plural buckyballs)

  1. (chemistry, informal) A buckminsterfullerene molecule (C60).
  2. (by extension) The most common types of spheroidal fullerenes, C60 and C70 usually, with additionally C72 and C76 also included at times.
  3. (by extension) Any spheroidal fullerene, from C20 on upwards.

Coordinate terms

(carbon allotrope):

  • graphene
  • graphite
  • diamond
  • carbon nanotube / buckytube
  • fullerene
  • carbyne
  • atomic carbon
  • amorphous carbon

See also

  • bunnyball
  • buckyonion
  • (C60): buckminsterfullerene on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • (spheroidal fullerene): fullerene on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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