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Oxygen breaks into carbon world

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When oxygen atoms bind to a graphite surface, they fall into line and make bridges across carbon atoms. This is the spearhead of a chemical attack in which the atomic arrangement of solid carbon is torn apart.

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Figure 1: Oxygen attack on graphite.



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Ajayan, P., Yakobson, B. Oxygen breaks into carbon world. Nature 441, 818–819 (2006).

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