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Abstract Volume 19 (2014) pp 223-228

Raman Spectroscopy of Allotropes of Carbon: An Undergraduate Laboratory

William Livernois, Christopher M. Crittenden, J. Brett Kimbrell§, Farooq A. Khan§, Anne C. Gaquere-Parker§, and Douglas A. Stuart§,*

MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, §Department of Chemistry, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118,
Received September 11, 2013. Accepted November 26, 2013.

Published: 27 June 2014

Abstract. In this article, we describe the Raman spectroscopy of the fullerenes C60 and C70, and also include a comparison with the several allotropes of carbon, namely, diamond, graphite and carbon nanotubes. These experiments illustrate principles of Raman spectroscopy that are introduced in Physical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis in a laboratory setting, while also providing ample avenues to connect both with current and recent literature.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; inorganic; Raman; fullerene; carbon; spectroscopy; nanotubes

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