The discovery of new, all-carbon molecules known as fullerenes was the unexpected result of research into particles found in space. Scientists in different fields collaborated on the research that led to this discovery. No one set out to discover fullerenes—they were observed by scientists alert enough to realize they were seeing something new. Today, fullerenes are at the heart of nanotechnology—the study of extremely small structures and devices on the atomic scale. This field provides many exciting new research possibilities for scientists.
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