Carbon black

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A painted swatch of Carbon black:

About the chemical structure:

Chemical name: Carbon (C)
Formula: C
Refractive index: n/a

How can you identify Carbon black?

Chemical identification:



Raman spectra: University College London;

FTIR spectra: IRUG

Usage and handling:

Permanence: Toxicity:
excellent. It is one of the most stable and refractory of all materials. non toxic


The artist's handbook of materials and techniques: Ralph Mayer, Steven Sheehan, Penguin Books, 1991 p. 41-45

Other blacks
(intro) - Bone black - Charcoal