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Titanium-Group Nano-Whiskers and Method of Production

United States Patent Application

20120321892
A1
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Disclosed herein are structures comprising a titanium, zirconium, or hafnium powder particle with titanium carbide, zirconium carbide, or hafnium carbide (respectively) nano-whiskers disposed adjacent and anchored to the powder particle. Also disclosed are methods for fabrication of such structures, involving heating the powder particles and exposing the particles to an organic gas.
Seals, Roland D. (Oak Ridge, TN), Menchhofer, Paul A. (Clinton, TN), Kiggins, JR., James O. (Oak Ridge, TN)
BABCOCK & WILCOX TECHNICAL SERVICES Y-12, LLC (Oak Ridge TN)
13/ 162,866
June 17, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0001] The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC. [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.