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United States Patent Application

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A nanoparticle and a method for fabricating the nanoparticle utilize a decomposable material yoke located within permeable organic polymer material shell and separated from the permeable organic polymer material shell by a void space. When the decomposable material yoke comprises a sulfur material and the permeable organic polymer material shell comprises a material permeable to both a sulfur material vapor and a lithium ion within a battery electrolyte the nanoparticle may be used within an electrode for a Li/S battery absent the negative effects of battery electrode materials expansion.
Yu, Yingchao (Ithaca, NY), Zhou, Weidong (Ithaca, NY), Chen, Hao (Ithaca, NY), Abruna, Hector (Ithaca, NY)
14/ 900,312
July 7, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0002] This work was supported by the United States Department of Energy though Grant No. DE-FG02-87ER45298, to the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (EMC2), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001086. This work also made use of the electron microscopy facility of the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) with support from the United States National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) program (DMR 1120296). The United States Government may have rights in any invention that results from the work as described and claimed herein.