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COMPOSITE NANOWIRE COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF SYNTHESIS

United States Patent Application

20120094192
A1
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Nanowire array compositions in which nanowires containing at least one Group IV metal (e.g., Si or Ge) in a single layer or core-shell nanowire structure, wherein, in particular embodiments, the nanowires have a transition metal core and/or are surrounded by or embedded within a metal oxide or metal oxide-ionic liquid ordered host material. The nanowire compositions are incorporated into the anodes of lithium ion batteries. Methods of preparing the nanowire compositions, particularly by low temperature methods, are also described.
Qu, Jun (Oak Ridge, TN), Dai, Sheng (Knoxville, TN)
UT-BATTELLE, LLC (Oak Ridge TN)
12/ 904,559
October 14, 2010
[0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC. The U.S. government has certain rights in this invention.