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

United States Patent

October 4, 2016
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Disclosed here is a device comprising a porous carbon aerogel or composite thereof as an energy storage material, catalyst support, sensor or adsorbent, wherein the porous carbon aerogel comprises a network of interconnected struts comprising carbon nanotube bundles covalently crosslinked by graphitic carbon nanoparticles, wherein the carbon nanotubes account for 5 to 95 wt. % of the aerogel and the graphitic carbon nanoparticles account for 5 to 95 wt. % of the aerogel, and wherein the aerogel has an electrical conductivity of at least 10 S/m and is capable of withstanding strains of more than 10% before fracture.
Worsley; Marcus A. (Hayward, CA), Baumann; Theodore F. (Discovery Bay, CA), Satcher, Jr.; Joe H. (Patterson, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
15/ 152,801
May 12, 2016
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.