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Why the C-C bond length in graphite is shorter than C-C bond length of diamond?

Graphite has carbon in sp2 hybrid state (33.3 % s character) but diamond has carbon in sp3 hybrid state (25 % s characrer). More is the percentage of s characters, (by Bent rule) more is the bond multiplicity and hence, shorter the bond is. Thus carbon-carban bond in graphite has double bond character but has a single bond character in diamond. Hence, C-C bond length in graphite is shorter than than in diamond.

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