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Dr. Daniel Jelski, "Buckminsterfullerenes: the way the ball bounces"

Date: 03/13/08
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Cost: free
Location: Coykendall Science Building Lounge and Auditorium
Contact: David M. Clark, x3524,

Pure carbon takes on many forms, ranging from very soft graphite to diamond, the hardest material known. Between 1985 and 1991 new exotic forms of carbon were discovered, including the round fullerenes and the cylindrical carbon nanotubes. The simplest and most common among the fullerenes is the buckminsterfullerene, or C60, a spherical molecule of 60 carbon atoms closely resembling a soccer ball with a one nanometer diameter. Study of these exotic compounds remains active, with an eye toward possible applications in medicine and nanotechnology. Dr. Jelski, a computational chemist and the newly appointed Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, studies the vibrational motions and related spectra of C60. He will discuss the unusual properties of these molecules and some of the mathematical and computational methods that are being used to understand them.