carbon atom

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Noun1.carbon atom - an atom of carbon
atom - (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
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So say NASA researchers who have found that molecules containing fluorine atoms are especially effective at trapping heat particularly when several of them bond with a single carbon atom, such as in fluorocarbons.
The approach improves visualization and understanding of all nanostructures and enables calculation of their carbon atom numbers, he added.
In another embodiment, the branched alkyl functional group is a tertiary carbon atom, such as tert-butyl.
One carbon atom combines with two oxygen atoms to form carbon dioxide (CO2).
And crucially, the process doesn't add any extra carbon to the atmosphere, since each carbon atom being released by the reconstituter has already been inhaled from the atmosphere by plants.
In the case of methane, once the four hydrogen bonds are broken, the carbon atom seeks electrons to fill the gaps in its outer shell.
Unfortunately the new molecule is destroyed when it rips hydrogen atoms off a carbon atom.
When the rod-shaped liquid crystal molecules are added, one end of each molecule attaches to an exposed carbon atom, resulting in the alignment of all the liquid crystal molecules in the direction of the rows.
Methane gas is composed of four hydrogen atoms around a carbon atom.
The four valence bonds of the carbon atom were directed toward the four angles of a square.