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Efficient boron-carbon-nitrogen nanotube formation via combined laser-gas flow levitation

United States Patent

8,986,513
March 24, 2015
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A process for producing boron nitride nanotubes and/or boron-carbon-nitrogen nanotubes of the general formula B.sub.xC.sub.yN.sub.z. The process utilizes a combination of laser light and nitrogen gas flow to support a boron ball target during heating of the boron ball target and production of a boron vapor plume which reacts with nitrogen or nitrogen and carbon to produce boron nitride nanotubes and/or boron-carbon-nitrogen nanotubes of the general formula B.sub.xC.sub.yN.sub.z.
Whitney; R. Roy (Newport News, VA), Jordan; Kevin (Newport News, VA), Smith; Michael W. (Newport News, VA)
Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (Newport News, VA), The United States of America as Represented by the Administration of NASA (Washington, DC)
13/ 920,342
June 18, 2013
The United States government may have certain rights to this invention under The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and/or Management and Operating Contract No. DE-AC05-06OR23177 from the Department of Energy.