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Transmission Electron Microscopy of Carbon: A Brief History

Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AF, UK
Received: 21 December 2017 / Revised: 5 January 2018 / Accepted: 8 January 2018 / Published: 12 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transmission Electron Microscopy and Carbon Materials)
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Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been used in the study of solid carbon since the 1940s. A number of important forms of carbon have been discovered through the use of TEM, and our understanding of the microstructure of carbon has largely been gained through the application of TEM and associated techniques. This article is an attempt to present an historical review of the application of TEM to carbon, from the earliest work to the present day. The review encompasses both graphitic carbon and diamond, and spectroscopic techniques are covered, as well as imaging. In the final section of the review, the impact of aberration-corrected TEM on current carbon research is highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: transmission electron microscopy; graphite; diamond; graphene; carbon nanotubes transmission electron microscopy; graphite; diamond; graphene; carbon nanotubes
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