What is a Buckybowl and what does it have to do with batteries?

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Buckybowls are "bowl" shaped molecules made with arrangement of carbon atoms that are based in part on the structure of a buckyball.

The arrangement of the carbon atoms in the buckybowl are such that they can be used to form an anion in a power source.

Experiments have been done with lithium ions to see if these new structures will allow for the construction of more efficient batteries.

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Buckybowls are "bowl" shaped molecules made with arrangement of carbon atoms that are based in part on the structure of a buckyball.  These molecules have bee predicted since the early 1990's based on p-chem calculations for potential isomeric structures of the buckyball.  The name buckyball comes from the fact that the carbons are arranged in such a way as they form the vertices's of the equilateral triangles that make up the geodesic dome.  The term "bucky" being derived from Buckminster Fuller who designed the geodesic dome.

The arrangement of the carbon atoms in the buckybowl are such that they can be used to form an anion in a power source.  The arrangement of carbons allow for a more efficient transfer of electric charge with metal hydrides and with metal cations such as lithium ions.

Experiments have been done with lithium ions to see if these new structures will allow for the construction of more efficient batteries.  Research results are encouraging.

 

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