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High Surface Area Reticulated Vitreous Carbon-Nanoparticle Metal Oxide Electrodes

United States Patent Application

20140311916
A1
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The present invention provides, in some embodiments, hybrid materials having reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) and nanoparticles of a conductive, transparent metal oxide such as tin-doped indium oxide (ITO). The material can further include one or more transition metal catalysts, such as {Ru(Mebimpy)[4,4'-((HO).sub.2OPCH.sub.2).sub.2bpy](OH.sub.2)}.sup- .2+. Oxidation of water, benzyl alcohol, and other useful reactants is possible when the material is employed as an electrode.
Mendez Agudelo, Manuel (Duebendorf, CH), Alibabaei, Leila (Carrboro, NC), Concepcion, Javier J. (Upton, NY), Dares, Christopher J. (Chapel Hill, NC), Meyer, Thomas J. (Chapel Hill, NC)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL (Chapel Hill NC)
14/ 224,606
March 25, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Grant Nos. DE-SC0001298 and DE-SC0001011 awarded by the Department of Energy and Grant No. 0165095-002 awarded by the Research Triangle Institute, RTI International. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.