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Percolative Conductive Network and Conductive Polymer Composite

United States Patent Application

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A percolative conductive network includes bundles of carbon nanotubes and clusters of conductive particles arranged on a substrate. A plurality of the bundles include one or more points of contact with at least one adjacent bundle to form a carbon nanotube network, and the clusters of conductive particles separate the bundles in regions between the points of contact. At least a portion of the clusters form conductive pathways between adjacent bundles, and the carbon nanotube network and the conductive pathways define a percolative conductive network on the substrate.
Ivanov, Ilia N. (Knoxville, TN), Garrett, Matthew P. (Sandston, VA), Gerhardt, Rosario A. (Marietta, GA), Boyea, John M. (Decatur, GA)
13/ 051,503
March 18, 2011
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention described in this disclosure was made with government support under Prime Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.