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PURIFYING A FLUID USING A HEAT CARRIER COMPRISING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION-ABSORBING COMPLEX

United States Patent Application

20130306463
A1
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In general, the invention relates to a system. The system includes a heating fluid vessel (1604) that includes first fluid and a complex, where the complex receives electromagnetic (EM) radiation (1602), and where the complex absorbs the EM radiation to generate heat and where the heat increases a temperature of the first fluid to generate a first heated fluid (1606). The system further includes a heat exchanger (1608) adapted to receive the first heated fluid (1606) and complex in a first chamber, receive a mixture including a second fluid in a second chamber, and transfer the heat from the first fluid from the complex to the mixture to transform at least a portion of the target fluid of the mixture to a target vapor. The system further includes a condenser (1632) adapted to receive the target vapor, and condense the target vapor to generate target fluid (1636).
Halas, Nancy J. (Houston, TX), Nordlander, Peter (Houston, TX), Neumann, Oara (Houston, TX)
WILLIAM MARSH RICE UNIVERSITY (Houston TX)
13/ 992,898
November 30, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The present invention was made with government support under Grant Number DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.