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Mechanically robust, electrically conductive ultralow-density carbon nanotube-based aerogels

United States Patent

8,685,287
April 1, 2014
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Advanced Carbon Aerogels for Energy Applications
A method of making a mechanically robust, electrically conductive ultralow-density carbon nanotube-based aerogel, including the steps of dispersing nanotubes in an aqueous media or other media to form a suspension, adding reactants and catalyst to the suspension to create a reaction mixture, curing the reaction mixture to form a wet gel, drying the wet gel to produce a dry gel, and pyrolyzing the dry gel to produce the mechanically robust, electrically conductive ultralow-density carbon nanotube-based aerogel. The aerogel is mechanically robust, electrically conductive, and ultralow-density, and is made of a porous carbon material having 5 to 95% by weight carbon nanotubes and 5 to 95% carbon binder.
Worsley; Marcus A. (Hayward, CA), Baumann; Theodore F. (Discovery Bay, CA), Satcher, Jr.; Joe H. (Patterson, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
12/ 652,616
20100187484
January 5, 2010
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.