What are the many forms of carbon?
Credit: Blue Diamond Photography
License: CC BY-NC 3.0
The two most well-known allotropes (forms) of carbon are diamond and graphite. Yet there are also many more lesser-known allotropes that may eventually become more important than even diamond.
- Carbon is very prevalent in nanotechnology. It is used in nanotubes, fullerenes, and more. Research the differences between the various types of nanotechnology.
- One such allotrope, graphene, has been hailed as a super-material for the future. What are the various ways that graphene could be used?
- What chemical properties of carbon make it so versatile and able to form so many varying structures?
- After the research you have done on the various allotropes of carbon, what is your favorite allotrope? Why?