The Future of Fullerene Production



Fullerenes, or “buckyballs”, are a spherical allotrope of carbon with many unique and valuable properties. Although fullerenes come in many shapes and sizes, the most common fullerene is composed of 60 carbon atoms formed into a truncated icosahedron, also known as a soccer ball.




At the heart of Canum’s company is a cutting-edge manufacturing technology developed in partnership with the University of New Brunswick. This production process allows for the environmentally-friendly synthesis of high quality fullerenes.


antioxidant & anti-aging properties

Various experiments have been conducted in which rats were fed fullerenes dissolved in olive oil to check if the ingestion of fullerenes are safe and non-toxic. The results of the experiment were astounding. Not only did fullerenes prove to be an antioxidant, the rats that were fed the fullerene-olive oil mixture lived longer lives. The researchers consider this study to “open the road towards the development of the considerable potential of fullerenes in the biomedical field, including cancer therapy, neurodegenerative disorders and ageing.



Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) are made using a base that is mixed with fullerenes to create an ink. This ink is then printed on flexible film, and just one kilogram of this polymer is capable of printing a solar cell the size of a football field. The resulting material is lightweight, flexible, semi-transparent, and able to harvest the sun’s energy. This technology allows sustainability to be integrated into infrastructure in new and appealing ways, and OPVs will play a large part in the future of solar energy.

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The widespread benefits and potential applications of fullerenes have excited researchers for decades, but it is now time for fullerenes to have an impact on a larger scale. Canum’s proprietary technology is making fullerenes an affordable and accessible material for manufacturers everywhere.