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Soot or Diamond – Its All Carbon

August 20, 2010

Author: Rutvik J Mehta, Iti Srivastava, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Materials Advantage Chapter

Publication history: Accepted from the Fall 2009 Materials Radio podcast contest (sponsored by the ASM K-12 Education Subcommittee)

Diamonds are made of carbon and so are graphite, carbon nanotubes, proteins and DNA. The common thread binding the myriad forms of carbon is the versatility of carbon bonds. This makes carbon both the material of choice for building life and for building stuff.

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