O'Reilly logo

Graphitic Nanofibers by Juzer Jangbarwala

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter One

Brief Overview of Carbon and Its Cousins

Abstract

This chapter gives an overview of natural carbon and graphite and establishing some similarities with the properties of carbonaceous nanomaterials. A description of carbon's electronic properties and atomic structure is reviewed, including s- and p-orbitals, bonds, and hybridization. The discussion puts particular emphasis on the edge sites of graphite (primarily armchair and zigzag) and surfaces, and the dangling bonds associated with the edge sites relating their importance in applications.

Keywords

Carbon; edge sites; graphite; electronic structure; surface area; sp2 orbitals; sp3 orbitals; zigzag faces; armchair faces; dangling bonds; graphite oxidation

1.1 Electronic Structure

Carbon ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required