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Electrochemical method for synthesizing metal-containing particles and other objects

United States Patent

9,637,828
May 2, 2017
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The invention is directed to a method for producing metal-containing (e.g., non-oxide, oxide, or elemental) nano-objects, which may be nanoparticles or nanowires, the method comprising contacting an aqueous solution comprising a metal salt and water with an electrically powered electrode to form said metal-containing nano-objects dislodged from the electrode, wherein said electrode possesses a nanotextured surface that functions to confine the particle growth process to form said metal-containing nano-objects. The invention is also directed to the resulting metal-containing compositions as well as devices in which they are incorporated.
Rondinone; Adam Justin (Knoxville, TN), Ivanov; Ilia N. (Knoxville, TN), Smith; Sean Campbell (Oak Ridge, TN), Liang; Chengdu (Knoxville, TN), Hensley; Dale K. (Kingston, TN), Moon; Ji-Won (Oak Ridge, TN), Phelps; Tommy Joe (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
14/ 205,718
20140262810
March 12, 2014
This invention was made with government support under Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.