The molecule, C-60 was named after the US architect
Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) because of
the resemblance of the structure to the geodesic dome,
which Fuller invented. The molecules are informally
called buckyballs, more formally, the substance itself
is also called fullerene.
It is a form of carbon composed
of clusters of 60 carbon atoms bonded together in
a polyhedral structure composed of pentagons and hexagons.
The substance is a yellow crystalline solid, soluble