An industrially manufactured colloidal carbon material in the form of spheres and of their fused aggregates with sizes below 1000 nm.
Carbon black is a commercial product manufactured by thermal @[email protected]
, including detonation, or by incomplete combustion of carbon hydrogen compounds and has a well-defined @[email protected]
with a minimum content of tars or other extraneous materials. For historical reasons, however, carbon black is popularly but incorrectly regarded as a form of @[email protected]
In fact, in many languages, the same word is used to designate both materials. Carbon black is manufactured under controlled conditions, whereas @[email protected]
is randomly formed. They can be distinguished on the basis of tar, ash content and impurities. Attempts in the literature to create a general term, 'aciniform carbon', which would cover both carbon black and @[email protected]
, are not yet generally accepted.
PAC, 1990, 62, 2167. 'Glossary of atmospheric chemistry terms (Recommendations 1990)' on page 2178 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199062112167)
PAC, 1995, 67, 473. 'Recommended terminology for the description of carbon as a solid (IUPAC Recommendations 1995)' on page 479 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199567030473)