Editors: Paul O'Brien, Dave Garner and Anthony Stace
The discovery of C60 and the subsequent evolution of fullerene physics and chemistry can be seen as the culmination of a series of parallel research strands pursued by Harry Kroto through numerous collaborations with colleagues and co-workers. This theme issue originates from the 2-day symposium held on 15–16 July 2015, organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Royal Society, entitled ‘Fullerenes: past, present and future, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Buckminster Fullerene’. This meeting was instigated by Prof. Tony Cheetham of the Royal Society and organized by Dr Alejandra Palermo of the RSC. The majority of the reviews and reports of original research were provided by scientists who gave presentations at the July 2015 meeting and the other contributions were produced by friends and co-workers of Harry.
Cover image: Meccano C60 / the discovery of fullerenes. Credit: fdecomite. CC-BY
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