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Etching graphite

  1. Jul 17, 2008 #1
    Can anyone help me out - what is an effective acid to etch graphite? if any, what would be useful for etching graphite? thanks.....
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  3. Jul 17, 2008 #2


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    Nothing specific comes to mind, everything strong enough to dissolve (oxidize) graphite will most likely dissolve everything else as well...

    From what do you want to etch?
  4. Jul 17, 2008 #3


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    How much etching are we talking about here? Millimeters or nanometers per minute?
    Water (steam) can be used to etch graphite, but at very small scales.
  5. Sep 30, 2008 #4
    Try using an oxygen plasma
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