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IN CONTEXT

BRANCH

Chemistry

BEFORE

1966 British chemist David Jones predicts the creation of hollow carbon molecules.

1970 Scientists in Japan and Britain independently predict the existence of the carbon-60 (C60) molecule.

AFTER

1988 C60 is found in soot from candles.

1993 German physicist Wolfgang Krätschmer and American physicist Don Huffman develop a method for synthesizing “fullerenes.”

1999 Austrian physicists Markus Arndt and Anton Zeilinger demonstrate that C60 has wavelike properties.

2010 The spectrum of C60 is seen in cosmic dust 6,500 light years from Earth.

For more than two centuries, scientists thought that elemental carbon (C) existed in ...

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