Pyrocarbons are dense, “pre-graphitic” forms of carbon, with a structure resembling closely that of graphite. The difference between them is illustrated below:

Echantillon de graphite
Model of graphite


Reconstruction atomistique de Pyrocarbone
Atomistic reconstruction  of a Pyrocarbon

These materials have numerous real-world applications: carbon/carbon composites, biomaterials, electrode materials, etc …

They have a variable nanotexture; numerous  techniques may be used to characterize them.


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