The Structures & Properties of Carbon

Castellini, Olivia M.; Lisensky, George C.; Ehrlich, Jennifer; Zenner, Greta M.; Crone, Wendy C.
December 2006
Science Teacher;Dec2006, Vol. 73 Issue 9, p36
Academic Journal
The article focuses on two allotropes of carbon that are essential for nanotechnology, spherical fullerenes (buckyballs) and carbon nanotubes, (CNTs). The authors also present activities that can be used to teach the structure of atoms and structure and properties of matter in physical science classrooms. There are two other forms that carbon can take—diamonds and graphite. According to the article, each form of carbon can be used to teach fundamental principles of chemical bonding. INSET: How are CNTs made?.


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