An allotropic form of the element carbon consisting of layers of hexagonally arranged carbon atoms in a planar condensed ring system graphene layers
The layers are stacked parallel to each other in a three-dimensional crystalline long-range order. There are two allotropic forms with different stacking arrangements, hexagonal and rhombohedral. The chemical bonds within the layers are covalent with
and with a C–C distance of
. The weak bonds between the layers are metallic with a strength comparable to van der Waals bonding only.
The term graphite is also used often but incorrectly to describe graphite materials
, i.e. materials consisting of graphitic carbon
made from carbon materials by processing to temperatures greater than
, even though no perfect graphite structure is present.
PAC, 1995, 67, 473
(Recommended terminology for the description of carbon as a solid (IUPAC Recommendations 1995))
on page 491
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