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HYDROGEN STORAGE IN NANOPOROUS INORGANIC NETWORKS

United States Patent Application

20100247424
A1
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Materials based on nanoporous inorganic network materials and associated devices and methods for solid state storage of hydrogen and other gases are capable of greater storage capacity with improved availability of stored gases. Coated active oxide networks such as TiO.sub.2 and SiO.sub.2 aerogels as network materials are coated with selected inorganic catalytic materials and/or high gas storage capacity materials. A variety of coated nanoporous inorganic network materials are disclosed with material formulas X--Y; X being an inorganic coating, including one or more of nanoparticles, layered structure materials and intercalated materials; and Y being the inorganic nanoparticle network. At least one of the network and the coating comprises a catalyst for enhanced sorption of a gas to be stored, such as hydrogen.
Mao, Samuel S. (Castro Valley, CA), Chen, Xiaobo (Albany, CA), Hunt, Arlon (Kensington, CA)
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (Oakland CA)
12/ 599,408
May 22, 2008
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT [0002] The invention described and claimed herein was made at least in part utilizing funds supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The Government has certain rights in this invention.