# Output of the Sugar & Sulfuric Acid Reaction?

When a reaction of sugar and sulfuric acid occurs, some form of carbon is produced. Is this carbon bonded as graphite? If not, than what is it bonded as?

$\ce{C6H12O6 ->[H2SO4] 6C + 6 H2O }$

• @A.K. Wow, that was really dumb of me, I didn't double check my chemical reaction and somehow convinced myself that carbon was the output. – Sarah Szabo Mar 13 '16 at 5:42
• @A.K. Revised question to valid chemical equation. – Sarah Szabo Mar 13 '16 at 6:53
• – Curt F. Oct 8 '16 at 14:01

The product is not pure elemental carbon, but instead an amorphous solid that consists of mostly carbon atoms, with at least 5-10% of the atoms being other elements. For example, one academic paper from 2001 found that the "carbon" formed by sulfuric acid catalyzed dehydration of sugar had a $\ce{C}:\ce{H}$ molar ratio of 14:1.