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Energy conversion device with support member having pore channels

United States Patent

January 7, 2014
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Energy devices such as energy conversion devices and energy storage devices and methods for the manufacture of such devices. The devices include a support member having an array of pore channels having a small average pore channel diameter and having a pore channel length. Material layers that may include energy conversion materials and conductive materials are coaxially disposed within the pore channels to form material rods having a relatively small cross-section and a relatively long length. By varying the structure of the materials in the pore channels, various energy devices can be fabricated, such as photovoltaic (PV) devices, radiation detectors, capacitors, batteries and the like.
Routkevitch; Dmitri (Longmont, CO), Wind; Rikard A. (Johnstown, CO)
Synkera Technologies, Inc. (Longmont, CO)
12/ 772,913
May 3, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY-FUNDED RESEARCH This invention was funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIP-0638104, by the Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG02-07ER84871, and by the Department of Homeland Defense under Grant No. HSHQDC-07-C-00113 all administered by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The Government has certain rights in this invention.