Nano technology will transform architecture in the not too distant future. Buckypaper owes its name to Buckminsterfullerene, or Carbon 60â€”a type of carbon molecule whose powerful atomic bonds make it twice as hard as a diamond. And Buckminsterfullerene of course owes its name to the ledgend architect, inventor, engineer, mathematician, poet and cosmologist Buckminster Fuller.
Buckypaper a material 10 times lighter than steelâ€”but 250 times strongerâ€”would be a dream come true for any architect/engineer. If this material also had amazing properties that made it highly conductive of heat and electricity, it would start to sound like something out of a science fiction novel. Yet one Florida State University research group, the Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies (FAC2T), is working to develop real-world applications for just such a material.