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Carbon: The Elemental Shape-Shifter
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What are the many forms of carbon?

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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.

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  1. Carbon is very prevalent in nanotechnology. It is used in nanotubes, fullerenes, and more.  Research the differences between the various types of nanotechnology.
  2. One such allotrope, graphene, has been hailed as a super-material for the future.  What are the various ways that graphene could be used?
  3. What chemical properties of carbon make it so versatile and able to form so many varying structures?
  4. After the research you have done on the various allotropes of carbon, what is your favorite allotrope? Why?

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  1. [1]^ Credit: Blue Diamond Photography; Source: http://flic.kr/p/72QEgL; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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