We all know about the two allotropes of carbon, Diamond, and Graphite. However, not many of us have heard of Mr. Buckministerfullerene. Buckminsterfullerene or simply fullerene is the third allotrope of carbon and it is a very special allotrope with properties distinctly different from any other element.
Buckminsterfullerene has become a part of our daily lives without us even knowing about it. The uses of buckyballs are so wide that it would take a list to list them all. Buckyballs are used in areas such as pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, energy industries, IT devices and cosmetics.
Buy C60 Fullerenes have been in use for quite some time in anti-aging creams, lubricants, electronic circuits, composites, conductors, optical and so many more. They are even used in tennis balls and other balls to increase their durability.
This is the field that holds the greatest promise with buckyballs. Since they have been discovered to carry exceptionally good antiviral properties, studies are being conducted to use them for corresponding applications. The antioxidant property exhibited by buckminster fullerene are also great. This property along with their photovoltaic properties make them great for photodynamic therapies and diagnostic uses. As a successful carrier system, buckyballs have been used to deliver drugs and genes as well.
As antioxidants, they are being studied to prevent oxidative cell damage that could sometimes result in death. The application of Buckminster is also being examined as an HIV inhibitor. Since they act as great scavengers or radical sponges, they have the ability to neutralize several free radicals. The durability of fullerenes has also shown great promise for it to be used as an antioxidant instead of Vitamin E and other strong antioxidants.
Fullerenes readily accept hydrogen and are thus being considered as an alternative to be used in hydrogen cells. They are also used in water purifies, and as vessels for carrying bio-hazards. In cars and vehicles, they are used in order to increase the strength of its parts and to reduce the heat build-up. Buckyballs are used in Organic Field Effect Transistors and as photodetectors. You can find here latest news and discoveries.