Fullerene

Tokai Carbon has a number of patented production technologies

Fullerene is a cutting-edge, 21st-century material that is called “a third allotrope of carbon” after diamond and graphite. The discovery of fullerene, for which Kroto, Smalley and Curl were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996, was acclaimed as the first landmark achievement in carbon science in 200 years after the discovery of diamond. Fullerene has a breadth of potential applications as it has many “chemical bonds” enabling synthesis of a variety of properties and has the form of a hollow sphere, which can contain other materials.

Fullerene is a cutting-edge, 21st-century material that is called “a third allotrope of carbon” after diamond and graphite. The discovery of fullerene, for which Kroto, Smalley and Curl were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996, was acclaimed as the first landmark achievement in carbon science in 200 years after the discovery of diamond. Fullerene has a breadth of potential applications as it has many “chemical bonds” enabling synthesis of a variety of properties and has the form of a hollow sphere, which can contain other materials.

In applied studies, fullerenes are widely studied for specific potential uses, such as production of superconductive materials in higher temperatures, for potential medicinal use as the “container” to carry anti-AIDS and other drugs, development of new drugs against AIDS, and for commercial use in cell batteries and electronic materials, etc.

Having started developing production technology for fullerenes in early days, Tokai Carbon currently owns a total of 16 patents regarding production technology and application, including 14 published patents and two registered patents as of March 2003.

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