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Processes and reactors for alkali metal production

United States Patent Application

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Electrochemical processes and apparatus for obtaining metals from metal salts, including for separating alkali metal and alcohols from alkali metal alkoxide compounds, are disclosed. Aqueous solutions of metal alkoxides or metal carbonates are converted to metals by electrochemical processes which may also be integrated into processes for the production of borohydrides, such as sodium borohydride.
Kelly, Michael T. (Plainsboro, NJ), Moreno, Oscar A. (Montgomery, NJ), Ortega, Jeffrey V. (Township Of Lacey, NJ), Wu, Ying (Red Bank, NJ)
11/ 905,924
October 5, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] The invention was made with Government support under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC36-04G014008 awarded by the Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in this invention.