THEOREMS FOR CARBON CAGES Academic Article uri icon


  • New theorems are established for cages (or polyhedra) with trivalent vertices. One theorem says that all such cages have at least three Kekul structures (or perfect matchings). Thence, resonance generally appears as a possibility. Another theorem says that for every even vertex count >70 there is at least one cage of a "preferable" subclass, while for vertex count <70 the sole preferable cage is that of the truncated icosahedron. Thence, the unique role of the buckminsterfullerene structure for C60 is mathematically indicated.[/p] 1992 J.C. Baltzer AG, Scientific Publishing Company.

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author list (cited authors)

  • KLEIN, D. J., & LIU, X.

citation count

  • 48

publication date

  • December 1992