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Process to make structured particles

United States Patent

February 4, 2014
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Disclosed is a process for making a composite material that contains structured particles. The process includes providing a first precursor in the form of a dry precursor powder, a precursor liquid, a precursor vapor of a liquid and/or a precursor gas. The process also includes providing a plasma that has a high field zone and passing the first precursor through the high field zone of the plasma. As the first precursor passes through the high field zone of the plasma, at least part of the first precursor is decomposed. An aerosol having a second precursor is provided downstream of the high field zone of the plasma and the decomposed first material is allowed to condense onto the second precursor to from structured particles.
Knapp; Angela Michelle (Ann Arbor, MI), Richard; Monique N. (Ann Arbor, MI), Luhrs; Claudia (Rio Rancho, NM), Blada; Timothy (Albuquerque, NM), Phillips; Jonathan (Rio Rancho, NM)
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Erlanger, KY), STC.UNM (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 480,812
June 9, 2009
GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.