Special Issue "Transmission Electron Microscopy and Carbon Materials"

A special issue of C (ISSN 2311-5629).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Peter Harris

Electron Microscopy Lab, Department of Chemistry, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
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Interests: transmission electron microscopy; carbon; glassy carbon; activated carbon; graphene

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has played a major role in the history of carbon science. An early example was the first reporting of carbon nanotubes, in 1952, by Russian researchers. In 1960, TEM studies of carbon produced in a direct current (DC) arc led to the discovery of graphite whiskers, while, in the late 1960s, improvements in the resolution of TEMs enabled graphite layers to be imaged directly, leading to many important advances in our understanding of graphitic materials, such as carbon fibers, glassy carbon and soot. More recently, fullerene-related carbon nanotubes were discovered by Iijima, using TEM, and TEM has, subsequently, played a central role in the study of nanotubes and related structures. At the same time, TEM studies of conventional forms of carbon have produced evidence that they have fullerene-related structures. The development of aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopes in the early 2000s has had a major impact on carbon science. This new generation of TEMs has the capability of directly resolving the individual carbon atoms in graphitic carbons, and is currently playing an important role in studies of graphene. In addition to sp2 carbon, TEM studies have contributed greatly to the understanding of diamonds, revealing the nature of defects and color centers.

In this Special Issue of C—Journal of Carbon Research, we invite authors to submit original communications, articles, and reviews on the application of transmission electron microscopy to carbon in all its forms.

Dr. Peter Harris
Guest Editor

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  • transmission electron microscopy
  • carbon
  • graphite
  • diamond
  • carbon nanotubes
  • graphene

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Open AccessReview Transmission Electron Microscopy of Carbon: A Brief History
C 2018, 4(1), 4; doi:10.3390/c4010004
Received: 21 December 2017 / Revised: 5 January 2018 / Accepted: 8 January 2018 / Published: 12 January 2018
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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
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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. Full article
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