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Figure 11.15. The nucleation of diamond is the easiest because of its three-dimensional structure. The nucleation of bucky ball (Cgo) is the second easiest because it is endless. The nucleation of carbon nanotube is still easier than graphite with further increases of size. The nucleation of graphite is the most difficult because the edge atoms are highly unstable with the presence of more than one dangling electrons. But with larger sizes of graphene planes, graphite becomes the most stable at low pressures. In the above diagram, the zero free energy refers to decomposed carbon atoms from a gas phase.

so Eversole was unable to confirm that he made any diamond at all.

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