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Composites comprising biologically-synthesized nanomaterials

United States Patent

April 30, 2013
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The present disclosure describes composite materials containing a polymer material and a nanoscale material dispersed in the polymer material. The nanoscale materials may be biologically synthesized, such as tellurium nanorods synthesized by Bacillus selenitireducens. Composite materials of the present disclosure may have optical limiting properties and find use in optical limiting devices.
Curran; Seamus (Pearland, TX), Dias; Sampath (Houston, TX), Blau; Werner (Dublin, IE), Wang; Jun (Dublin, IE), Oremland; Ronald S. (Brisbane, CA), Baesman; Shaun (San Carlos, CA)
University of Houston (Houston, TX)
12/ 610,612
November 2, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under Grant Number DE-F36-08GO880008 awarded by the United States Department of Energy and Grant Number 08-EXOB08-0001 awarded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Exobiology Program. The government has certain rights in the invention. Additional support for the invention was provided by the United States Geological Survey and Science Foundation Ireland under grant number 08/CE/I1432.