The unexpected recent discovery and synthesis of a new form of elemental carbon has initiated an abundance of papers on all aspects of the chemistry and physics of the carbon family. Carbon Molecules and Materials takes stock of the current understanding of these various solid forms and, more particularly, of the diamond, graphite and fullerenes. After a historical background on the main properties of the element and on the latest discoveries in the field of fullerene, the chapters review the chemical and physical aspects of the allotropic forms. It describes the various properties such as thermodynamic, chemical, structural, electronic, electrical, optical and magnetic, and discusses current and potential applications.
Written by scientists active in physical and chemical research on the various forms of carbon and closely related fields, the book presents a wealth of information on data and results for students and researchers interested in materials science and in the applications of advanced materials.
Table of Contents
1. Carbon, a fundamental element for research and its applications Ralph Setton 2. The polymorphism of solid carbons Pierre Delhaés 3. Carbon chemical species in extraterritorial media Francois Robert Structure, texture, and thermal behavior of polyaromatic solids Marc Monthioux 5. Sheets, cones, balls and tubes Thomas Ebbesen 6. Structure and bonding in solid state fullerene phases Gavin Vaughan 7. Carbons: Their electronic structure and magnetic resonances Jacques Conard 8. Electronic Structures of the solid forms of carbon Eric Sandré and Francoise Cyrot-Lackman 9. Vibrational properties of carbon in the solid state Jeffrey Lannin and Serge Lefrant 10. Optical properties of the allotropic forms of carbon Pierre-Alain Chollet and Francois Kajzar 11. Crystallochemistry of intercalation in the crystalline forms of carbon Francois Béguin 12. The Superconductivity of carbon derivatives Michel Cyrot 13. Diamond and related materials Gérard Demazeau 14. Applications of carbons.