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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LIQUID METAL ELECTRODE CONNECTION IN PRODUCTION OR REFINING OF METALS

United States Patent Application

20160108532
A1
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In some aspects, the invention relates to apparatuses and methods for connecting a liquid first metal cathode to a current source of an electrolytic cell comprising a conduit having a first and second end, liquid first metal disposed at the first end of the conduit, a solid first metal disposed at the second end of the conduit, and a solid conductor portion in electrical contact with the solid first metal.
POWELL, IV, Adam Clayton (Newton, MA), EARLAM, Matthew (Lakewood, CO), TUCKER, Robert Steve (New York, NY), TABEREAUX, Alton (Muscle Shoals, AL), HARDIE, Gregory (Brisbane City, AU)
14/ 886,725
October 19, 2015
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0003] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AR0000412 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.