March 5, 2011

Buckyballs, Fullerenes & Diamondoids

Carbon has a special place amongst all the elements. It is king of covalent compounds and a separate branch of chemistry called organic chemistry is devoted to the carbon compounds. These organic compounds are formed by the bonds formed between carbon and carbon or carbon and hydrogen or oxygen atoms. Carbon can form 4 covalent bonds and hence there are endless possibilities of compounds. Organic compounds are major constituents of our bodies and food. Carbon has atomic number of six. This means that it has 4 electrons in the outer L shell and thus is tetravalent and combines with 4… Read More »Buckyballs, Fullerenes & Diamondoids