(IUPAC name (C60-Ih)[5,6]fullerene)
is the smallest fullerenemolecule in which no two pentagons share an edge
(which can be destabilizing; see pentalene). It is also the most common in
terms of natural occurrence, as it can often be found in soot.
the most famous of the fullerenes,
it consists of 60 carbonatoms. Discovered in 1985 by Richard Smalley, Harold
Kroto, and Robert Curl for which they won the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Named in honor of the architect
Buckminster Fuller, who designed the geodesic structures that the fullerene resembles.