The precise atomic structure of activated carbon is unknown, despite its commercial importance. Here we show that the structure of a commercial activated carbon can be imaged directly using aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy. Images are presented both of the as-produced carbon and of the carbon following heat- treatment at 2000°C. In the 2000°C carbon clear evidence is found for the presence of pentagonal rings, suggesting that the carbons have a fullerene-related structure
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