What chemical substance/component would be obtained of dissolving $\ce{C60}$ in olive oil? Would buckminsterfullerene (bucky-ball) change its spherical fullerene structure (soccer ball-like) into something else ($\ce{C60OO}$) or will it stay the same?

Buckminsterfullerene 3D ball


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    $\begingroup$ Dear God, fullerenes and anti-aging. I recommend taking snake oil from the foothills of Appalachia instead. It may not do any good, but on the other hand it does not form radical anions in the body either with no clear elimination pathway. $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2014 at 16:57
  • $\begingroup$ @AbelFriedman: C60OO toxicity experiment tested on rats by Baati showed that it is totally non-toxic and safe. So in your opinion how C60 would form radical anions in the body? $\endgroup$
    – kenorb
    Oct 15, 2014 at 22:38

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There is no chemical reaction between fullerene and olive oil, that is to say that the two molecules do not break or make chemical bonds to produce a new chemical species. However, fullerene is soluble in olive oil and so there are typical solvent-solute interactions. A homogenous solution of fullerene in olive oil produces a light purple color typical of many fullerene solutions.

light purple color of fullerene solution

Since Moussa's 2012 experiment where he fed fullerene in olive oil to rats and found that their life span roughly doubled, many companies have been marketing a dark-red liquid comprised of olive oil and fullerene. It is likely that in many of these highly colored liquids, the fullerene is not completely dissolved and light scattering by the fine particulates are producing the observed color.

  • $\begingroup$ The Moussa experiment has problems, as outlined by Derek Live here. $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2014 at 17:22
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    $\begingroup$ Actually Lee states, "this image duplication does not directly bear on the most surprising and interesting results of the paper - life extension in rodents". I can't say if Moussa's results are right or wrong. What I am saying is that they are very interesting and have generated a fullerene plus olive oil marketplace - buyer beware applies. $\endgroup$
    – ron
    Oct 15, 2014 at 17:35
  • $\begingroup$ People already consuming C60OO for few years already and nobody died yet;) Based on the poll, most of the people reporting positive experience. $\endgroup$
    – kenorb
    Oct 15, 2014 at 22:52

The typical reactions of C60 happen at the double bond: [4+2] cycloaddition, [3+2] cycloaddition, oxidation. Just dissolving it in olive oil (will it even go up, I know it does go up in aromatic solvent) won't do anything.


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