is reported and its performance discussed.

Clearly, not all forms of carbon material, nor all the possible applications thereof, are discussed in this book. However, the application of carbon materials in many advanced technologies are reported here. Carbon has played an important role in mankind's technological and social development. In the form of charcoal it was an essential ingredient of gunpowder! The industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries was powered by steam raised from the burning of coal! New applications of carbon materials will surely be developed in the future. For example, the recently discovered carbon nanostructures based on C60 (closed cage molecules, tubes and tube bundles), may be the foundation of a new and significant applications area based on their superior mechanical properties, and novel electronic properties.

Researching carbon materials, and developing new applications, has proven to be a complex and exciting topic that will no doubt continue to engage scientists and engineers for may years to come.


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Timothy. D. Burchell

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