Nanotechnology: Fullerene spheres can be used to slide in the nanoworld

3 octubre 2014

“Nano–machines” (around one billionth of a meter in size) of the future will need tiny devices to reduce friction and make movement possible. The C60 molecule, also known as fullerene or buckyball, seemed to many an excellent candidate for nano-bearings. Unfortunately, the results so far have been conflicting, calling for further studies, like the one just carried out by a theoretical team. Through a series of computer simulations the scientists uncovered the reason for the experimental discrepancies and shed light on the true potential of this material.