December 17, 2010

Magnetic Carbon, How a Pencil Can Be Made Magnetic

Magnetic Carbon or how a pencil can be made magnetic. SLAC research shows how graphite, the material used in all pencils, can be turned magnetic.

The magnetism arises due to the hydrogen molecules that are stored in graphite and stays at the surface of the material. Perhaps Graphene magnets will be next. Graphene, the one-molecule thick form of carbon, is all surface and may be the perfect candidate for this type of magnetism.