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Thermal electrochemical synthesis method for production of stable colloids of "naked" metal nanocrystals

United States Patent Application

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Synthesis Method for Stable Colloids of "Naked" Metal Nanocrystals
A method of making a colloidally stable suspension of naked metal nanocrystals includes the steps of: at least partly immersing a metallic sacrificial anode and a cathode into a body of essentially contaminant-free water, the metallic sacrificial anode that includes an essentially contaminant-free metal starting material for making nanocrystals; and applying a voltage potential across the anode and the cathode to form a colloidally stable suspension of naked metal nanocrystals composed essentially of metal from the metallic sacrificial anode.
Hu, Michael Z. (Knoxville, TN), Easterly, Clay E. (Knoxville, TN)
11/ 154,973
June 16, 2005
[0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract no. DE-AC05-000R22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.