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The structure of C60 shown on the left was described by UK led group of scientists in Nature in 1991. Despite the complexity of the molecules they pack in a simple manner in the solid state. The structure shown was recorded at 5 K. At higher temperatures the molecules spin in the solid state.
1. Describe the structure of C60 in terms of close packed spheres?
2. What type of interstitial holes are present in the structure?
3. How many of each type of hole is present?
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