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Mercapto-based coupling agent for improved thermophotovoltaic device back surface reflector adhesion and reflectance

United States Patent

October 4, 2016
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A back surface reflector (BSR) is described. The BSR includes a reflecting layer, a substrate and an adhesion layer between the reflecting layer and the substrate. The adhesion layer includes 3-mercaptopropyl (trimethoxy) silane (a.k.a. Merc).
Wernsman; Bernard (Jefferson Hills, PA), Fiedor; Joseph N. (Jefferson Hills, PA), Irr; Lawrence G. (Trafford, PA), Palmisiano; Marc N. (Pittsburgh, PA)
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
14/ 187,666
February 24, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under DE-AC11-98PN38206 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.