Nottingham Nanocarbon Group


Giant fullerene model. Modular origami. Size can be adjusted by scaling the printed sheets in a photocopier.

Small fullerene model. Cut out three pieces and stick together with glue.

Small fullerene puzzle. Can you fold up the single pattern of 20 hexagons to make a fullerene?

Optical Illusions

Set of three thaumatropes. A great optical illusion and fun for all ages.
#1: demonstrates putting fullerenes in nanotubes...

#2: demonstrates putting atoms in fullerenes...

#3: demonstrates entanglement of states (colour it in yourself)...
Two alternative versions of #3 are available with different colours; with yellow & blue atoms or yellow & red atoms.

Nanocarbon fact sheets

Keyring leaflet with overview of nanocarbons & QIP information. Folds up from a single sheet.

A set of 10 fact sheets is available. Please download each from the linked pictures below.
(The full set, as a zip file, is available at the bottom of the page)

Cover sheet with contents listing.

1. Carbon - the element and its bonding

2. sp2 Carbon - geometry & structure

3. Carbon Nanotubes - properties

4. Buckminster Fullerene - C60 - size & crystal packing

5. Electron Microscopy - seeing inside nanotubes

6. Fullerenes in Nanotubes - energy and reactions

7. Packing - molecules in nanotubes

8. Endohedral Fullerenes - caged atoms

9. Endohedral Fullerenes - quantum applications

10. Qubits - electron spin & computing

Full set of 11 sheets (large zip file - 161 MB)