By Delaney Barnicle

Chemical Formula

  • Graphite is made up of pure carbon, much like diamonds, but has the complete opposite chemical structure

Uses for Graphite

  • Reinforcements in plastics
  • Used to increase the carbon content of steel
  • Brake linings in cars
  • Some pencils, mostly used for drawing rather than writing

Physical Properties

  • Occurs naturally but is made artificially in factories
  • Soft and greasy feel
  • Black and shiny color

Graphite occurs as hexagonal crystals.

Graphite is a good conductor of heat and electricity.

Graphite burns in the air at 700-800 degrees Celsius.