A method for infiltrating a metal salt into a porous structure is described wherein the pores of the porous structure are first flooded with a solvent before contacting the salt mixture to the structure. In one embodiment the metal salt is in molten form when brought into contact with the flooded porous structure. In another embodiment, the metal salt is first brought into contact with the porous structure, and the mixture heated to melt the salt and evaporate the solvent. Thereafter the metal salt can be further reacted to convert it to a desired composition.
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 The invention described and claimed herein was made in part utilizing funds supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Regents of the University of California for the management and operation of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The government has certain rights in this invention.