Tag Archives: carbon

Diamond growth using microwave-activated methane/hydrogen plasmas

Diamond is renowned for its many superlative material properties. It defines the top of the Mohs hardness scale, has the highest bulk thermal conductivity at room temperature, and has a very low coefficient of thermal expansion. The

Atomic wires of carbon: present status and perspectives

Carbon is all around us in different forms ranging from molecules to solids, minerals and nanostructures. Organic chemistry classifies alkanes, alkenes and alkynes hydrocarbons according to the different hybridization state of carbon atoms (sp3, sp2 and sp1,

Making the smallest possible fullerene molecules

It was in 1985 when the soccer ball appeared in chemistry. Spherical carbon cages were discovered, now known as the fullerenes and consisting of 60 carbon atoms in the shape of a soccer ball. Their discoverers have

Confirming Aluminum Homocatenation

The capacity of atoms to form bonds with themselves producing chain-like structures, so called atomic homocatenation, plays an important role in the life formation. Carbon is capable of forming very long chain in the CnHn+2 alkanes. Other