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Anchored nanostructure materials and method of fabrication

United States Patent

November 27, 2012
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Anchored nanostructure materials and methods for their fabrication are described. The anchored nanostructure materials may utilize nano-catalysts that include powder-based or solid-based support materials. The support material may comprise metal, such as NiAl, ceramic, a cermet, or silicon or other metalloid. Typically, nanoparticles are disposed adjacent a surface of the support material. Nanostructures may be formed as anchored to nanoparticles that are adjacent the surface of the support material by heating the nano-catalysts and then exposing the nano-catalysts to an organic vapor. The nanostructures are typically single wall or multi-wall carbon nanotubes.
Seals; Roland D. (Oak Ridge, TN), Menchhofer; Paul A. (Clinton, TN), Howe; Jane Y. (Oak Ridge, TN), Wang; Wei (Oak Ridge, TN)
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 370,910
February 13, 2009
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE- AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC. This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.