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DISTILLING A CHEMICAL MIXTURE USING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION-ABSORBING COMPLEX FOR HEATING

United States Patent Application

20130334104
A1
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A method of distilling a chemical mixture, the method including receiving, in a vessel comprising a complex, the chemical mixture comprising a plurality of fluid elements, applying electromagnetic (EM) radiation to the complex, wherein the complex absorbs the EM radiation to generate heat at a first temperature, transforming, using the heat generated by the complex, a first fluid element of the plurality of fluid elements of the chemical mixture to a first vapor element, and extracting the first vapor element from the vessel, where the complex is at least one selected from a group consisting of copper nanoparticles, copper oxide nanoparticles, nanoshells, nanorods, carbon moieties, encapsulated nanoshells, encapsulated nanoparticles, and branched nanostructures.
Halas, Nancy J. (Houston, TX), Nordlander, Peter (Houston, TX), Neumann, Oara (Houston, TX)
WILLIAM MARSH RICE UNIVERSITY (Houston TX)
13/ 992,863
November 30, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The present invention was made with government support under Award Number DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.