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METHOD FOR PRODUCING NANOPARTICLES AND THE NANOPARTICLES PRODUCED THEREFROM

United States Patent Application

20170066057
A1
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Disclosed herein is a method comprising disposing a container containing a metal and/or ferromagnetic solid and abrasive particles in a static magnetic field; where the container is surrounded by an induction coil; activating the induction coil with an electrical current, to heat up the metallic or ferromagnetic solid to form a fluid; generating sonic energy to produce acoustic cavitation and abrasion between the abrasive particles and the container; and producing nanoparticles that comprise elements from the container, the metal and/or the ferromagnetic solid and the abrasive particles. Disclosed herein too is a composition comprising first metal or a first ceramic; and particles comprising carbides and/or nitrides dispersed therein. Disclosed herein too is a composition comprising nanoparticles comprising chromium carbide, iron carbide, nickel carbide, y.-Fe and magnesium nitride.
MANUEL, MICHELE VIOLA (GAINESVILLE, FL), HENDERSON, HUNTER B. (GAINESVILLE, FL), RIOS, ORLANDO (OAK RIDGE, TN), LUDTKA, GERARD M. (OAK RIDGE, TN)
UTBATTELLE, LLC (OAK RIDGE TN)
15/ 123,172
March 4, 2015
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR SUPPORT [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to a grant having Grant No. DE-ACO5-000R22725 from the U.S. Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).