Natural graphite

Natural graphite Natural graphite is a metal. The layers are stacked together via van der Waals interactions and can be exfoliated into thin 2D layers.

The natural crystals have a typical shape of ~0.1 cm, and have a metallic appearance. A selection of peer review publications on the natural graphite can be found below.


Natural graphite crystal properties
Crystal size ~1 mm
Electrical properties Metal
Crystal structure Hexagonal
Unit cell parameters a = b =0.246, c = 0.667 nm, α = β = 90°, γ =120°
Type Natural
Purity >99.98 %
Characterized by XRD, Raman, EDX
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The single crystal Natural graphite is characterized using:

XRD: single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction (D8 Venture Bruker and D8 Advance Bruker)
EDX: Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy for stoichiometric analysis
Raman: 785 nm Raman system

Raman, XRD and EDX on natural graphite:

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X-ray diffraction on a single crystal natural graphite aligned along the (001) plane. XRD was performed at room temperature using a D8 Venture Bruker.

Raman spectrum of a single crystal natural graphite. Measurement was performed with a 785 nm Raman system at room temperature.





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Natural graphite


1. Hang Yang et al., "Ultraviolet-Ozone Treatment for Effectively Removing Adhesive Residue on Graphene", NANO 11, 1650141 (2016), link to article:
http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S1793292016501411

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