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Beyond endohedral fullerenes

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Recently came across these tiny majesties.







  • Gray = carbon atoms and covalent bonds
  • Red = any molecule small enough to fit


Apparently, they are called endofullerenes. Crazy expensive molecular cages at around $ 100 to 200 million. Their current possible applications are for GPS trackers due to their being accurate down to the millimeter scale, therefore good for even more portable and precise space (for avoiding collisions in self-driving cars) as well as time measurements (as in handheld atomic clocks).


I can only think of them being good quantum dot components, possibly by putting inside supersensitive ions or compounds, but how can such little ball of a beaut be possibly applied or even create other technologies? Let your inner nanotech geek go wild :)

As you can see, I'm a huge nerd who'd rather write about how we can become a Type V civilization instead of study for my final exams (gotta fix that).

But to put an end to this topic, might I say that the one and only greatest future achievement of humankind is when it finally becomes posthumankind.

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