Carbon

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Description

A nonmetallic element that is contained in all organic molecules. Carbon has an abundance in the earth's crust of 0.027% where it occurs as diamonds, graphite, coal and as inorganic carbonates. Diamond is a valuable gemstone and is one of the hardest substance known. Graphite, although also composed of carbon, is a very soft, greasy substance. It is used in pencils, inks and as a lubricant. Carbon black is a principal black pigment. It is obtained by burning many different types of organic materials, such as acetylene, wood, fruit pits, vine stalks, bone, ivory, gas, cork, resins, or oils. Carbon is used in industry to manufacture fibers, make electrodes and as a sorbent and fill material. Carbon fibers are insoluble and can withstand high temperatures. Carbon arc electrodes can produce a light spectrum similar to sunlight.

Synonyms and Related Terms

C; Koolstof (Ned.); carbone (Fr.); Kohlenstoff (Deut.); carbonio (It.); Carbono (Port.); carbono (Esp.); Kol (Sven.)

Composition C (atomic no. 6)
CAS 7440-44-0
Melting Point ~3550
Density 1.8-3.5
Molecular Weight atomic wt = 12.0107
Boiling Point 4825

Hazards and Safety

Nontoxic.

Additional Information

Web Elements: Website

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p.139
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1855
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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