Caz asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 6 months ago

How is C60 fullerene used as a catalyst?

This is for GCSE chemistry. Thank you

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  • 6 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.

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  • 6 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).

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