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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present disclosure relates generally to carbon allotrope fabrication and, more particularly, to a method for forming high strength carbon allotropes from common carbon materials.
"New carbon allotrope families have been discovered. These new carbon families may include amorphous-carbon, M-carbon, C8-carbon, W-carbon, T-carbon, and Z-carbon, for example. These new allotropes have hardness comparable to the hardness of diamond as well as distinguishing energy bandgap energies. Current methods of forming these carbon allotropes from graphite or fullerene or carbon nanotubes require high pressures and high temperatures."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "According to one embodiment, a method of fabricating a carbon allotrope includes: forming an intermediate carbon template from a carbon feedstock; and creating a pressure and temperature in the carbon template suitable for fabrication of the carbon allotrope from the intermediate carbon template.
"According to another embodiment, a method of fabricating a carbon allotrope includes: forming an intermediate carbon template from a carbon feedstock; submerging the intermediate carbon template in an aqueous solution; and creating a shock wave in the aqueous solution to create a pressure and temperature in the aqueous solution suitable for fabricating the carbon allotrope from the intermediate carbon template.
"According to another embodiment, a method of carbon allotrope fabrication includes a first stage in which an intermediate carbon template is formed by applying pressure to a carbon feedstock; and a second stage in which the intermediate carbon template is submerged in an aqueous solution and a shock wave is created in the aqueous solution to create a pressure and temperature suitable for fabrication of the carbon allotrope from the intermediate carbon allotrope.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"For a more complete understanding of this disclosure, reference is now made to the following brief description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and detailed description, wherein like reference numerals represent like parts:
"FIG. 1 shows a flowchart illustrating an exemplary method of fabricating a carbon allotrope disclosed herein;
"FIG. 2 illustrates exemplary carbon feedstock used in the first stage of the exemplary method of allotrope fabrication disclosed herein;
"FIG. 3 shows an exemplary A-A stacking configuration of an intermediate carbon template;
"FIG. 4 shows an exemplary apparatus suitable for use in the second stage of carbon allotrope fabrication disclosed herein;
"FIG. 5 shows a flowchart illustrating details of the exemplary method of carbon allotrope fabrication;
"FIG. 6 shows various exemplary carbon allotropes that may be fabricated using the exemplary methods;
"FIG. 7 shows a graph illustrating a hardness of various carbon allotropes formed using the methods disclosed herein."
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