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Metal inks

United States Patent

February 4, 2014
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Self-reducing metal inks and systems and methods for producing and using the same are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, a method may comprise selecting a metal-organic (MO) precursor, selecting a reducing agent, and dissolving the MO precursor and the reducing agent in an organic solvent to produce a metal ink that remains in a liquid phase at room temperature. Metal inks, including self-reducing and fire-through metal inks, are also disclosed, as are various applications of the metal inks.
Ginley; David S. (Evergreen, CO), Curtis; Calvin J. (Lakewood, CO), Miedaner; Alex (Boulder, CO), van Hest; Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria (Lakewood, CO), Kaydanova; Tatiana (Montreal, CA)
Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
13/ 492,567
June 8, 2012
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.