Other molecules like fullerenes?

When I first heard about buckminsterfullerene, I thought it was a very fascinating molecule, with its interesting complex ring structure and pseudo-symmetry. I wonder though, can you get similar structures with other atoms? Maybe neighbors of similar size, like boron, nitrogen or oxygen? Or maybe silicon, one row down? What would their chemistry be like?

• This looks kinda too broad. There are various similar molecules. – Mithoron Oct 22 '17 at 16:25
• Check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borospherene – Mithoron Oct 22 '17 at 16:27
• Simple P4O10 has a hollow, if not spherical structure. en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Introduction_to_Inorganic_Chemistry/… – DrMoishe Pippik Oct 22 '17 at 21:27
• So does $\ce{P4O6}$. Hexamethylenetetramine is isoelectronic and isostructural with $\ce{P4O6}$ apart from the outer hydrogen atoms. – Oscar Lanzi Oct 22 '17 at 23:34
• There are plenty heteroatomic molecular clusters with even more complex structures. Or do you want a single element assembly only? – andselisk Oct 23 '17 at 2:45

The trick is that $$\ce{B-N}$$ has very similar properties to $$\ce{C=C}$$, with very little difference in molecular weight, and so many analogous compounds can be built using either monomer. However, boron nitride is different enough to have unique applications in certain areas. Cool, right?