Does diamond have a chemical/periodic/other elemental name?

  1. stanwshura profile image74
    stanwshuraposted 4 years ago

    Does diamond have a chemical/periodic/other elemental name?

    If memory serves, diamond is pure carbon put under intense heat and pressure.  Does this transformation and/or process have a more formal/academic/scientific name?  Does the result?

  2. Attikos profile image78
    Attikosposted 4 years ago

    Diamond is an allotrope of carbon, which is to say the atoms are indeed carbon but are arranged in a special way by intense pressure and heat. There is no special name for it other than "diamond," but you can look up the molecular structure. It's distinguished from other allotropes of carbon by its pyramidal shape, which is what lends it hardness and strength as opposed to, say, graphite.

  3. livingsta profile image97
    livingstaposted 4 years ago

    The Chemical formula for Diamond is "C". "C" is also the symbol for the chemical element Carbon. Diamond is an allotrope (pure form of same element, that differ in structure) of Carbon.

    For example, Graphite is an allotrope of Carbon too. The only difference is the arrangement of atoms, that leads to change in their physical properties.

    Diamond - One carbon atom is attached to four other carbon atoms
    Graphite - One carbon atom is attached to three other carbon atoms

    So you are right! Diamond is pure carbon (chemical symbol "C"), that has gone through intense heat and pressure. This transformed material is diamond and there is no other scientific name.

    I hope this helps.