C60 is the Chemical Society for the University of Sussex. The aim of the Chemical Society (or ChemSoc) is to promote chemistry events in the department and a chance for chemists and others to socialise with a common interest.
What is C60?
C60 is the famous football-like structure of Buckminster-fullerene. The IUPAC name of C60 is (C60-Ih)[5,6]fullerene.
C60 was discovered at Sussex by Sir Harry Kroto, as well as Richard Smalley & Robert Curl of Rice University, USA. They all went on to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 for their discovery. Sir Harry Kroto is still an Emeritus Professor at Sussex and at Florida State University in the United States, and still visits the department from time to time.
What do we do as a society?
Our main aim is to promote the interest of chemistry across a wide-range of people - from undergraduates to current sixth form and college students.
Throughout the academic year, we organise numerous events, including lectures, careers workshops, outreach programmes, society trips and socials. Previous events and lectures can be seen on this website under the appropriate tabs.
We also aim to arrange one trip per term to a chemistry-related destination - be it a pharmaceutical company, chemistry careers fair or even a brewery!