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EC Consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Fullerenes, Hydroxylated Fullerenes, and Hydrated Forms of Hydroxylated Fullerenes (Nano)

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The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has begun a public consultation on its preliminary opinion on fullerenes, hydroxylated fullerenes, and hydrated forms of hydroxylated fullerenes (nano). 

Fullerenes have several uses and applications due to their unique properties. Here are some of the notable uses of fullerenes:

  1. Research and Nanotechnology: Fullerenes are extensively studied in the field of nanotechnology. Their structure and properties make them useful for various applications, including catalysts, superconductors, and molecular electronics. Fullerenes can be functionalized by attaching other molecules to their surface, enabling them to be tailored for specific purposes.

  2. Medical Applications: Fullerenes show promise in various medical applications. They possess antioxidant properties, which make them potential candidates for drug delivery systems and antioxidants in combating oxidative stress-related diseases. Additionally, fullerenes have been investigated for their potential in photodynamic therapy and cancer treatment.

  3. Solar Cells and Photovoltaics: Fullerenes are used in organic solar cells as electron acceptors. When combined with polymers, they form a hybrid material that enables the efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity. Fullerenes help improve the charge transport and exciton dissociation in the solar cell, enhancing its overall performance.

  4. Energy Storage: Fullerenes have been studied for their potential in energy storage applications. They can be utilized in batteries and supercapacitors to enhance energy storage and increase the efficiency of energy conversion and delivery systems.

  5. Material Science: Fullerenes have been incorporated into various materials to enhance their properties. They can be used as additives in polymers, composites, and coatings to improve mechanical strength, thermal stability, and electrical conductivity.

  6. Cosmetics and Skincare: Fullerenes have gained attention in the cosmetics industry due to their antioxidant properties and ability to protect against UV radiation. They are incorporated into skincare products as an ingredient to combat aging and skin damage caused by free radicals.



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