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Method of making low work function component

United States Patent

November 15, 2011
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A method for fabricating a component is disclosed. The method includes: providing a member having an effective work function of an initial value, disposing a sacrificial layer on a surface of the member, disposing a first agent within the member to obtain a predetermined concentration of the agent at said surface of the member, annealing the member, and removing the sacrificial layer to expose said surface of the member, wherein said surface has a post-process effective work function that is different from the initial value.
Robinson; Vance (Niskayuna, NY), Weaver; Stanton Earl (Northville, NY), Michael; Joseph Darryl (Delmar, NY)
General Electric Company (Niskayuna, NY)
12/ 198,955
August 27, 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC26-04NT42324 awarded by The United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.