What is it about?

Have you ever wondered about the tiny building blocks that make up certain types of carbon found in nature and in engineered products? Our study delves into the world of sp2 amorphous carbons, a fascinating class of carbon materials with unique properties. We used advanced tools to explore these carbons and discovered some intriguing things. It turns out that sp2 amorphous carbons are made up of tiny structures called nanographites, which serve as the fundamental units in their makeup. These carbon units are like framed graphene molecules, but with some interesting twists. Depending on whether they are natural or engineered, they vary in size and possess unique molecular frameworks with specific chemical additives attached to them. Our study sheds light on the bonds and compositions involving hydrogen and oxygen within these materials. Additionally, we found that sp2 amorphous carbons are rich in stable radicals, which gives them new and exciting properties. In simple terms, our research uncovers the hidden atomic world of these carbon materials, offering new insights that can have implications in various fields such as nanotechnology and materials science.

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Why is it important?

this work is the comprehensive and multianalytical approach taken to study sp2 amorphous carbons, including natural and engineered carbon blacks. The use of modern structural and compositional analytical techniques allows for a deeper understanding of the atom-molecular representation of these solids. This approach reveals commonalities among sp2 amorphous carbons, such as their composition of nanographite units and the framing of graphene molecules with chemical additives. Additionally, the study shows that sp2 amorphous carbons are strongly radicalized, making them the largest repository of stable radicals. This work is timely as it contributes to the growing field of nanotechnology and provides valuable insights into the properties and composition of sp2 amorphous carbons. The use of advanced analytical techniques and the discovery of commonalities among different types of amorphous carbons make this research significant in advancing the understanding of these materials.


As a researcher in the field of materials science, I find this work to be incredibly valuable in deepening our understanding of sp2 amorphous carbons. The use of modern analytical techniques to study these materials provides a comprehensive and detailed insight into their composition and properties. This not only enhances our fundamental understanding of these materials but also has practical implications for their use in various applications, such as in nanotechnology. I believe that the insights gained from this research can pave the way for the development of new and improved carbon-based materials with tailored properties. The identification of commonalities among different types of amorphous carbons is particularly intriguing, as it suggests a unifying framework for understanding and engineering these materials. Overall, I see this work as a significant contribution to the field, and I believe it will be of great interest to researchers and professionals working in the areas of nanotechnology, materials science, and analytical chemistry.

Evgeny Kabachkov
Institute of the Problems of Chemical Physics Russian Academy of Sciences

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This page is a summary of: sp amorphous carbons in view of multianalytical consideration: Normal, expeсted and new, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, November 2019, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2019.119608.
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