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Method for Production of Metal Nitride and Oxide Powders Using an Auto-Ignition Combustion Synthesis Reaction

United States Patent Application

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A method of preparing a high purity metal nitride and/or oxide powder is provided, comprising: heating a metal salt and an organic fuel to an ignition temperature in a nitrogen-rich atmosphere, forming a first composition; and optionally heating the first composition to a heat treatment temperature, which heat treatment temperature is above the ignition temperature and below C., in a nitrogen-rich atmosphere until the metal nitride and/or oxide powder is formed.
Burkes, Douglas E. (Idaho Falls, ID), Moore, John J. (Evergreen, CO), Reigel, Marissa M. (Vail, CO), Kennedy, John Rory (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 848,410
August 31, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with U.S. government support under Cooperative Agreement NCC8-238 awarded by NASA and the Center for Commercial Applications of Combustion in Space. This invention was made with U.S. government support under grant number DE-FC07-051D14648 and DE-AC07-051D14517 awarded by the Department of Energy. The U.S. government has certain rights in the invention.