Buckyballs: Uses and Applications | Fullerenes
The properties of buckyballs (also known as fullerenes) have caused researchers and companies to consider using them in several fields. The following survey of buckyball applications introduces many of these uses. Click on any of the links below to go to a detailed explanation.
Buckyballs may be used to trap free radicals generated during an allergic reaction and block the inflammation that results from an allergic reaction.
The antioxidant properties of buckyballs may be able to fight the deterioration of motor function due to multiple sclerosis.
Combining buckyballs, nanotubes, and polymers to produce inexpensive solar cells that can be formed by simply painting a surface.
Buckyballs may be used to store hydrogen, possibly as a fuel tank for fuel cell powered cars.
Buckyballs may be able to reduce the growth of bacteria in pipes and membranes in water systems.
Researchers are attempting to modify buckyballs to fit the section of the HIV molecule that binds to proteins, possibly inhibiting the spread of the virus.
Making bullet proof vests with inorganic (tungsten disulfide) buckyballs.
|ApNano||Lubricants made with inorganic buckyballs|
|BuckyUSA||Buckyballs and carbon nanotubes|
|Envie de Neuf||Moisturizing cream containing buckyballs that are used as an anti-oxidant|
|IoLiTec||Buckyballs, carbon nanotubes and metal, oxide, nitride, and carbide nanoparticles|
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Compiled by Earl Boysen of Hawk's Perch Technical Writing, LLC and UnderstandingNano.com. You can find him on Google+.