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Process for producing silicon carbide fibrils and product

United States Patent Application

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A process for the production of ceramic fibrils comprising the steps of subjecting a quantity of a catalyst for the conversion of silicon and carbon to silicon carbide under conditions of elevated temperature and the presence of a gaseous precursor for silicon and carbon, in a reaction vessel, to heating by microwave energy to a temperature not in excess of about C. for a time sufficient to disassociate said precursor into at least silicon and carbon, saturation of the catalyst with the disassociated components of the gaseous precursor and resultant growth of silicon carbide fibrils on the reaction vessel.
Nixdorf, Richard D. (Oak Ridge, TN)
ReMaxCo Technologies, Inc. (Oak Ridge TN)
10/ 896,591
July 22, 2004
[0002] This invention was at least in part sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy through Subcontract No. X-SZ337V and the U.S. Government may own certain rights in and to the present invention.