On the Representation and Characterization of Fullerene C60

An operation on trivalent graphs leads from the truncated cube to buckminsterfullerene, and C60 is the only fullerene with disjoint pentagons which can be obtained by this method. The construction and the proof emphasize maximal independent sets that contain two fifths of the vertices of trivalent graphs. In the case of C60, these sets define … Read more