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Stable carbon

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:57 pm
by Samantha Jimenez 4k
Could someone explain how graphite is the most stable form of carbon?

Re: Stable carbon

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:28 pm
by Brian Hom 2F
Graphite is the most stable form of carbon because it is the most thermodynamically stable. Graphite does not require as much pressure to be formed than like diamond.

Re: Stable carbon

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:52 pm
by Chris Freking 2G
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It can also be seen in this carbon phase diagram that carbon is in the form of granite at standard conditions

Re: Stable carbon

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:38 am
by Ashley Kim
As far as I know, it depends on crystalline structure. Dr. Lavelle mentioned in class that graphite is sp2 hybridized, while diamond (which forms when graphite is subject to high pressure) is sp3 hybridized.