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General Fullerite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: C60
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 720.66 gm
   Carbon 100.00 %  C
          100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: C60
Help on Environment: Environment: Carbonaceous (shungite) greenschist-facies Precambrian metamorphic rocks. Intersteller space, lightning strikes on high carbon substrates, and metamorphism of carbon rich rocks.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Not Submitted IMA (Dana # Added)
Help on Locality: Locality: Shunga area of Karelia, Russia. Meteorites and sediments derived from meteor impacts and the Tuvish basaltoid pipe at South Gissar, Tajikistan. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), American architect and visionary. Invented the geodesic dome which illustrates the molecular morphology of fullerenes.
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Buckminsterfullerene
  Bucky Balls
  ICSD 66729
  PDF 44-558

Fullerite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:0.95358
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 14.22, c = 13.56, Z = 4; V = 2,741.95 Den(Calc)= 1.75
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (4/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: pseudo-CUBIC
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 4.74(0.7), 1.819(0.7), 2.25(0.7),2.29(0.7), 2.46(0.7), 2.56(0.7), 3.76(0.9), 4.24(0.9),

Physical Properties of Fullerite

Help on Color: Color: Black, Brown.
Help on Density: Density: 1.9 - 2, Average = 1.95
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Conchoidal - Very brittle fracture producing small, conchoidal fragments.
Help on Habit: Habit: Microscopic Crystals - Crystals visible only with microscopes.
Help on Habit: Habit: Spherical - Spherical, rounded aggregates.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3.5 - Copper Penny
Help on Luster: Luster: Vitreous - Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: black

Calculated Properties of Fullerite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=1.75 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Fullerite =1.75 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.01
Boson Index = 0.99
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEFullerite = 0.16 barns/electron
U=PEFullerite x rElectron Density= 0.28 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Fullerite is Not Radioactive

Fullerite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (01)Native Elements
  (01.03)with semi-metallic and non-metallic elements
  (01.03.06)Carbon Polymorph group Diamond C F d3m 4/m 3 2/m Graphite C P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Lonsdaleite C P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Chaoite C P 6/mmm 6/m 2/m 2/m Fullerite! C60 pseudo-CUBIC 4/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 01.CB.05c 01 - ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
  01.C - Metalloids and Nonmetals
  01.CB -Carbon-silicon family
01.CB.05c Fullerite! C60 pseudo-CUBIC 4/m 2/m 2/m

Other Fullerite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AmMin, V84, p 1686) PHYS. PROP.(AmMin, V84, p 1686)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Fullerite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - GeoScienceWorld
4 - Google Images
5 - Google Scholar
6 - MinDAT
7 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
8 - Online Mineral Museum
9 - QUT Mineral Atlas
10 - Ruff.Info

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