25 years of buckminsterfullerene

Today Google has published on its Home page a new logo, better known as doodle (scribble), an animated representation of the fullerene, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its discovery.

25 years ago, Buckminsterfulereno or Fullerene got discovered , the most stable molecule of carbon after diamond and graphite. Get their name because Richard Buckminster Fuller used them successfully in the Geodesic Dome.

The Buckminsterfullerene was discovered in 1985, and became popular between chemical structural aspects for its beauty and versatility for the synthesis of new compounds. The buckyball have different forms, either as spheres, ellipsoids or cylinders. Spherical are often called buckyballs, while the nanotubes or buckytubes are cylinders.

In April 2003 we studied the potential medicinal use of Fullerenes, by designing specific antibiotics in structure to attack resistant bacteria and molecules such as melanoma cancer. While in theory Buckyballs are relatively inert, a presentation of the American Chemical Society suggested that the molecule is harmful to organisms.

Today, the buckyball is used in the world of nanotechnology, and is mostly used as wheels in the manufacture of certain nanomachines.

Google’s logo, which represents the buckyball or buckminsterfullerene, has the distinction of being an interactive logo (like the Pac-Man logo that appeared on the Google homepage in May). In fact, if you drag the cursor to the famous buckminsterfullerene, note that wheel in all directions.