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United States Patent Application

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In some aspects, the invention relates to apparatuses for recovering a metal comprising providing a sealed container for holding a molten electrolyte, the container having an interior surface; a liner disposed along at least a portion of the interior container surface; a cathode disposed to be in electrical contact with the molten electrolyte when the molten electrolyte is disposed in the container; a solid oxygen ion-conducting membrane disposed to be in ion-conducting contact with the electrolyte when the molten electrolyte is disposed in the container; an anode in contact with the solid oxygen ion-conducting membrane, the solid oxygen ion-conducting membrane electrically separating the anode from the molten electrolyte; and a power source for generating an electric potential between the anode and the cathode.
POWELL, IV, Adam Clayton (Newton, MA), PAL, Uday B. (Dover, MA), BARRIGA, Salvador (Cambridge, MA), DEREZINSKI, Stephen Joseph (Wellesley, MA), EARLAM, Mathew (Lakewood, CO)
14/ 903,615
July 8, 2014
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0003] This invention was made with government support under Grant No. 1026639 awarded by the National Science Foundation and Award No. DE-AR0000412 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.