Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


C60's smallest cousin

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Little and large relations — C60 surrounded by seven of its smaller C36-fullerene cousins, which Piskoti et al.4 have prepared in bulk form.


  1. Kratschmer, W., Lamb, L. D., Fostiropoulos, K. & Huffman, D. R. Nature 347, 354–356 (1990).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  2. Meijer, G. & Bethune, D. S. J. Chem. Phys. 93, 7800–7802 (1990).

    Google Scholar 

  3. Kroto, H. W., Heath, J. R., O'Brien, S. C., Curl, R. F. & Smalley, R. E. Nature 318, 162–164 (1985).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. Piskoti, C., Yarger, J. & Zettl, A. Nature 393, 771–774 (1998).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  5. Pitzer, K. S. & Clementi, E. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 81, 4477–4490 (1959).

    Google Scholar 

  6. Hunter, J., Fye, J. & Jarrold, M. F. J. Phys. Chem. 97, 3469–3471 (1993).

    Google Scholar 

  7. Smalley, R. E. Acc. Chem. Res. 25, 98–105 (1992).

    Google Scholar 

  8. Heath, J. R. in Fullerenes ACS Symp. Ser. 481 (eds Hammond, G. S. & Kuck, V. J.) 1-21 (Am. Chem. Soc., Washington DC, 1992).

  9. Bates, K. R. & Scuseria, G. E. J. Phys. Chem. A 101, 3038–3041 (1997).

    Google Scholar 

  10. Manolopoulos, D. E. & Fowler, P. W. in The Chemical Physics of the Fullerenes: 10 (and 5) Years Later (ed. Andreoni, W.) 51-70 (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 1996).

  11. Stone, A. J. & Wales, D. J. Chem. Phys. Lett. 128, 501–504 (1986).

    Google Scholar 

  12. Fowler, P. W. & Manolopoulos, D. E. An Atlas of Fullerenes (Clarendon, Oxford, 1995).

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Heath, J. C60's smallest cousin. Nature 393, 730–731 (1998).

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing