On This Day In Chemistry

November 14th

The first discovery of a fullerene was published in the journal Nature on this day in 1985

The new forms of the element carbon (C) were discovered by Robert Curl, Richard E. Smalley and Sir Harold W. Kroto. This opened up a new field of chemistry with applications including nanotechnology. They were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for this work.

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