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Chapter 3

Fullerenes, the Building Blocks

As much as it is hard to imagine the existence of the stone-age without stones, it is also hard to imagine the development a nanotechnology without nano-building blocks. Fullerenes are, perhaps, the most versatile, natural, and amazing nanotechnology building blocks. They can be spheroidal, linear, or planar, and are made of carbon—the same element nature used to build living organisms for billions of years. Fullerene structures are truly unique and are typically in the nanodomain. This makes them the perfect building blocks for nanostructured systems.

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