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United States Patent Application

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A method of forming a metal-carbon composite, the method comprising subjecting a precursor composition to a curing step followed by a carbonization step, the precursor composition comprising: (i) a phenolic component, (ii) a crosslinkable aldehyde component, (iii) a polymerization catalyst, and (iv) metal-containing particles, wherein said carbonization step comprises heating the precursor composition at a carbonizing temperature of at least C. for sufficient time to convert the precursor composition to said metal-carbon composite. The produced metal-carbon composite, devices incorporating them, and methods of their use (e.g., in capacitive deionization and lithium ion batteries) are also described.
Mayes, Richard T. (Knoxville, TN), Kiggans, Jr., James O. (Oak Ridge, TN), Dai, Sheng (Knoxville, TN), DePaoli, David William (Knoxville, TN), Tsouris, Constantinos (Oak Ridge, TN), Peter, William H. (Knoxville, TN)
14/ 264,121
April 29, 2014
[0001] This invention was made with government support under Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.