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Apparatus for the Laser Ablative Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

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Technology Marketing SummaryThis invention can produce copious quantities of carbon nanotubes at rates near grams per hour.DescriptionIt is an RF-induction heated side-pumped synthesis chamber for the production of carbon nanotubes. Such an apparatus concurrently provides a simplified apparatus that allows for greatly reduced heat up and cool down times and flexible flowpaths that can be readily modified for production efficiency optimization.Applications and IndustriesOne application is as reinforcement for lightweight polymeric structures, especially inflatable structures for use in outer space where in addition to the strength imparting properties of the SWNTs, their electrical conductivity provides a means of reducing static charge buildup on such devices. Other potential applications reside in the areas of hydrogen storage at "low", i.e. about atmospheric pressure, although debate still rages as to this application and in NEMS or nano electro-mechanical structures useful in, for example, quantum computing devices.Patents and Patent Applications
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Patent 7,663,077
Patent
7,663,077
Apparatus for the laser ablative synthesis of carbon nanotubes
An RF-induction heated side-pumped synthesis chamber for the production of carbon nanotubes. Such an apparatus, while capable of producing large volumes of carbon nanotubes, concurrently provides a simplified apparatus that allows for greatly reduced heat up and cool down times and flexible flowpaths that can be readily modified for production efficiency optimization.
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility 02/16/2010
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DevelopmentAvailable03/29/201104/07/2011

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