Lamellar Compound of Sodium with Graphite

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IT is well known that graphite forms lamellar compounds with potassium, rubidium and cæsium1,2, but hitherto it has seemed likely, both on experimental1–3 and theoretical4 grounds, that sodium does not behave in this way. Recent work at Harwell reported here has, however, provided evidence for the existence of a lamellar compound of sodium with graphite.

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    Fredenhagen, K., and Cadenbach, G., Z. anorg. Chem., 158, 249 (1926).

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    Rudorff, W., and Schulze, E., Z. anorg. Chem., 277, 156 (1954).

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    Herold, A., Bull. Soc. Chim. Fr., 999 (1955).

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    Hennig, G. R., Proc. 1st and 2nd Conf. on Carbon, University of Buffalo, U.S.A., 103 (1956).

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ASHER, R., WILSON, S. Lamellar Compound of Sodium with Graphite. Nature 181, 409–410 (1958) doi:10.1038/181409a0

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