The discovery of C60

The discovery of C60 / Buckminsterfullereen

C60 carbon molecule
C60 carbon molecule

In 1985, a research team from the University of Sussex, led by Harry Kroto, discovered in the laboratory environment the existence of the carbon molecule C60.
C60 is a large carbon molecule, consisting of 60 carbon atoms in the form of a football called a buckyball or Buckminsterfullereen. Kroto showed that this carbon molecule has ended up on earth due to the impact of meteorites.

A few years after the discovery of C60, the American scientists Curl and Smalley developed a method to produce C60 molecules in the laboratory.
For these discoveries, Kroto, Curl and Smalley were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996.

In nature, the carbon molecule C60 occurs in small quantities in Shungite, a rock
this occurs in the vicinity of Shunga, a place on the Onegameer in Russia.
It is known that this is more caused by impact of a meteorite.
Shungite is a black shiny mineral that is more than 98% carbon and has been around since
beginning of the 18th century as a medicine was used in folk medicine.