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Isn’t graphene even more fun? Carbon chainmail

by on April 12, 2013

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Thought for the day:


Graphene, picture from



A Chainmail structure, picture from

It’s a bit easier to see how the links overlap in this pic:

colour chainmail


pic from

So, just thinking out loud, perhaps the rings in the chainmail above could be rings of carbon, just 6 atoms each. If so, would this be better than graphene at anything useful, or not? Would longer rings work better? The idea of carbon nanotube chainmail is about a decade old.

Carbon chainmail


Powerpoint really is not designed as a proper drawing tool and not having a week to spare, I didn’t bother doing the link overlaps or even the bonds properly in my pic, but together with the other two, I think you will get the idea fine.

I don’t know if this will work or not, but it might be an idea worth looking at further.




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