The Allotropes of Carbon
17 October 2016 / Blog
Allotropy may sound like an intimidating word, but those of you who paid attention back in high school chemistry may remember that the concept is actually quite simple. It refers to the ability of an element to exist in different forms, called Allotropes. Carbon, (which makes up a significant percentage of the human elemental makeup) has several allotropes. They include:
● Graphite. The stuff that pencils are made of!
● Fullerenes. Also known as buckyballs, fullerenes are an entire set of hollow molecules comprised of carbon that have an exciting potential for use in the nanotechnologies of the future.
● Diamonds. Arranged differently, the same molecules that form the graphite in your pencil can form a rare gemstone! Diamonds are the most precious Allotrope of carbon.