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Discovery of Bucky. http://sbchem.sunysb.edu/msl/fullerene.html. Or at least how I remember it!!. How it all started. Rick Smalley develops supersonic jet techniques (70s & 80s) Bob Curl (Rice) and Harry Kroto (Sussex) talk at a Conference in Austin, TX in 1984

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discovery of bucky

Discovery of Bucky

http://sbchem.sunysb.edu/msl/fullerene.html

Or at least how I remember it!!

how it all started
How it all started
  • Rick Smalley develops supersonic jet techniques (70s & 80s)
  • Bob Curl (Rice) and Harry Kroto (Sussex) talk at a Conference in Austin, TX in 1984
  • Sean O’Brien and Jim Heath begin grad school at Rice: Fall 1984

Old Chemistry Building at Rice

laser vaporization cluster source
Laser Vaporization Cluster Source

Sean O’Brien

designed this…

http://smalley.rice.edu/images/nozzle.jpg

cluster source
Cluster Source

http://smalley.rice.edu/images/res_app2.jpg

first published work at exxon on carbon clusters
First Published work at Exxon on Carbon Clusters

http://smalley.rice.edu/images/cox_mass_spec.jpg

why is c 60 ion so large

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Why is C60 ion so large?

From “Designing the Molecular World” by Phillip Ball, Princeton, 1994

buckminsterfullerene
Buckminsterfullerene!!

Sept. 1985

www.kroto.info

slide8

1996 Nobel

Prize in

Chemistry

“for their discovery

of fullerenes”

January 6, 1997 C&EN

http://www.nobel.se/chemistry/laureates/1996/

jim heath then
Jim Heath then…

Joe built this!!!

Now

www.kroto.info