Fullerene (C₆₀)

Fullerene (C₆₀)

A crystalline allotrope of carbon which was discovered at the end of the 1980s.



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Body-centred cubic lattice

The least tightly packed crystal structure.


Crystalline allotrope of elemental carbon, the hardest known natural substance.

Face-centred cubic metal lattice

The face-centred cubic metal lattice allows the closest fit of metal atoms.


One of the crystalline allotropes of elemental carbon.

Hexagonal metallic lattice

Metals forming hexagonal metallic lattices are rigid and difficult to machine.

Platonic solids

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A crystalline substance, an extremely important material in the electronics industry (semiconductors, integrated circuits).

Silicon dioxide (SiO₂)

A polymorphic compound, mostly found in the form of quartz.

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