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Electrospray Neutralization Process and Apparatus for Generation of Nan-Aerosol and Nano-Structured Materials

United States Patent Application

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The claimed invention describes methods and apparatuses for manufacturing nano-aerosols and nano-structured materials based on the neutralization of charged electrosprayed products with oppositely charged electrosprayed products. Electrosprayed products include molecular ions, nano-clusters and nano-fibers. Nano-aerosols can be generated when neutralization occurs in the gas phase. Neutralization of electrospan nano-fibers with molecular ions and charged nano-clusters may result in the formation of fibrous aerosols or free nano-mats. Nano-mats can also be produced on a suitable substrate, forming efficient nano-filters.
Bailey, Charles L. (Cross Junction, VA), Morozov, Victor (Puschino, RU), Vsevolodov, Nikolai N. (Kensington, MD)
12/ 832,323
July 8, 2010
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS TO CONTRACTOR-OWNED INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Grant No. DE-F C52-04NA25455 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.