09/10/2010

Happy Birthday, Buckyballs!

Twenty-five years ago this month, researchers first identified buckminsterfullerenes — chemical structures shaped like tiny carbon soccer balls. The scientists had discovered an new form of carbon, separate from graphite or diamond. The work went on to earn Robert Curl, Richard Smalley, and Harold Kroto the Nobel Prize. We’ll talk with Dr. Kroto about the discovery and what’s been learned about fullerenes since then.

Segment Guests

Harry Kroto

Sir Harold Walter Kroto, FRS, known as Harry Kroto, was an English chemist. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for their discovery of fullerenes.

Meet the Producer

About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.