The special features of fullerenes, the sphere-shaped C60 family and rod-shaped tubules, are described with reference to relevant literature. The importance of these clusters in material science is discussed in comparison with conventional silicon technology. The crystal growth of C60 solids on various kinds of substrates by ultra-high vacuum deposition is demonstrated. Conductivity and superconductivity found for alkali C60 fullerides are summarized and discussed on the basis of their crystal structure. The potential utility of the inner spaces of both higher fullerenes with sphere and tubules is also addressed from the nano-scientific and technological point of view.
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 1995 Jun 1|
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