Although it is well known that the complex cobordism ring is isomorphic to the polynomial ring , an explicit description for convenient generators has proven to be quite elusive. The focus of the following is to construct complex cobordism polynomial generators in many dimensions using smooth projective toric varieties. These generators are very convenient objects since they are smooth connected algebraic varieties with an underlying combinatorial structure that aids in various computations. By applying certain torus-equivariant blow-ups to a special class of smooth projective toric varieties, such generators can be constructed in every complex dimension that is odd or one less than a prime power. A large amount of evidence suggests that smooth projective toric varieties can serve as polynomial generators in the remaining dimensions as well.
"Toric polynomial generators of complex cobordism." Algebr. Geom. Topol. 16 (3) 1473 - 1491, 2016. https://doi.org/10.2140/agt.2016.16.1473