Carbon is one of the most abundant elements in living things and materials derived from living things. By volume, carbon is about the fourth most abundant element in the universe.

As you learned in Chapter 2, elements are types of atoms that make up all the things around us. Carbon plays an important role in nanotech-nology research and for potential nanotechnology applications. Before we discuss the role of carbon as nanoparticles, let's review some general information about the chemical and physical properties of carbon in the macro-world.

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