How is C60 fullerene used as a catalyst?
This is for GCSE chemistry. Thank you
- oeman50Lv 76 months ago
Metal catalysts like platinum, molybdenum, titanium, etc. can be attached to a fullerene structure, but it is not apparent that this works any better than the catalyst by itself. If you put something inside the fullerene cage, it encapsulates it and it is not obvious this improves potential catalytic activity. If you do a search for fullerene + catalyst you will find a number of research papers on potential uses but it does not appear it is used industrially at any scale.
- TardisAndTheHareLv 76 months ago
Buckminster fullerine is like a geodeisic sphere, and atoms can be inserted inside it. Those atoms can make and change chemical reactions--thus act as a catalyst (a chemical that induces a chemical change).