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Catalytic synthesis of metal crystals using conductive polymers

United States Patent

January 15, 2008
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A method of forming metal nanoparticles using a polymer colloid that includes at least one conductive polymer and at least one polyelectrolyte. Metal ions are reduced in water by the conductive polymer to produce the nanoparticles, which may be then incorporated in the colloidal structure to form a colloid composite. The method can also be used to separate selected metal ions from aqueous solutions.
Wang; Hsing-Lin (Los Alamos, NM), Li; Wenguang (Los Alamos, NM)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
11/ 110,343
April 19, 2005
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.