The C60 fullerene, thanks to its small size, can easily cross the so-called blood-brain barrier. This property can lead to numerous medical applications, especially in the field of nanomedicines, through the implementation of new active compounds that could be used by the brain.
The molecule can act as a semiconductor, conductor and superconductor under specific conditions. Fullerenes can display the photochromic effect, which is a change in light transmission based on intensity.Ability to form compounds with many different sorts of material including the ability to retain other substances inside the molecule and the ability to absorb free radicals.
Fullerenes are relatively safe and inert, and yet have properties that allow the substance to create active derivatives.
Studied properties of fullerene derivatives: