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TEMPLATE-BASED METHODS OF MAKING AND USING CERAMIC SOLIDS AND PRODUCTS AND DEVICES RELATED THERETO

United States Patent Application

20160293988
A1
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Various embodiments relate to a method comprising forming a template forming a template from a template precursor, wherein the template contains an entrapped ceramic precursor, which can be further processed to form a ceramic solid, such as an oxide ceramic solid. In one embodiment, the template precursor is a hydrogel precursor and the template is a hydrogel template. The hydrogel template can include, for example, agarose, chitosan, alginate or a photo-initiating receptive hydrogel template such as a functionalized poly(ethylene glycol). Various devices, including electrolyte interfaces and energy storage devices, as well as thermoelectric devices are also provided. In one embodiment, the oxide ceramic solid is a cubic garnet having a nominal formula of Li.sub.7La.sub.3Zr.sub.2O.sub.12 (LLZO).
Sakamoto, Jeffrey (East Lansing, MI), Thompson, Travis (Apple Valley, CA), Rangasamy, Ezhiylmurugan (Oak Ridge, TN), Lynam, Daniel A. (Walled Lake, MI)
Board of Trustees of Michigan State University (East Lansing MI)
14/ 169,758
January 31, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under grant W911NF-10-2-0089 awarded by the United States Army Research Office and under grant DE-SC0001054 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.