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THERMOELECTRIC POLYMER AEROGELS AND METHODS OF FABRICATION THEREOF

United States Patent Application

20170338395
A1
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Visit the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Department Website
This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to thermoelectric polymer aerogels. In one aspect, a method includes depositing a solution on a substrate. The solution comprises a thermoelectric polymer. Solvent of the solution is removed to form a layer of the thermoelectric polymer. The layer is placed in a polar solvent to form a gel comprising the thermoelectric polymer. The gel is cooled to freeze the polar solvent. The gel is placed in a vacuum environment to sublimate the polar solvent from the gel to form an aerogel comprising the thermoelectric polymer.
Zaia, Edmond W. (Berkeley, CA), Gordon, Madeleine P. (Berkeley, CA), Zhou, Preston (Fremont, CA), Russ, Boris (Berkeley, CA), Coates, Nelson (Oakland, CA), Sahu, Ayaskanta (Berkeley, CA), Urban, Jeffrey J. (Emeryville, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland CA)
15/ 491,054
April 19, 2017
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.