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SENSORS AND DEVICES CONTAINING ULTRA-SMALL NANOWIRE ARRAYS

United States Patent Application

*** PATENT GRANTED ***
20150121992
9,618,494
A1
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A network of nanowires may be used for a sensor. The nanowires are metallic, each nanowire has a thickness of at most 20 nm, and each nanowire has a width of at most 20 nm. The sensor may include nanowires comprising Pd, and the sensor may sense a change in hydrogen concentration from 0 to 100%. A device may include the hydrogen sensor, such as a vehicle, a fuel cell, a hydrogen storage tank, a facility for manufacturing steel, or a facility for refining petroleum products.
Xiao, Zhili (Naperville, IL)
Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University (DeKalb IL)
14/ 482,581
September 10, 2014
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Department of Energy (DOE) Grant No. DE-FG02-06ER46334. The government has certain rights in the invention.