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Ceramic nanostructures and methods of fabrication

United States Patent

November 24, 2009
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Microwave and Process Technologies
Structures and methods for the fabrication of ceramic nanostructures. Structures include metal particles, preferably comprising copper, disposed on a ceramic substrate. The structures are heated, preferably in the presence of microwaves, to a temperature that softens the metal particles and preferably forms a pool of molten ceramic under the softened metal particle. A nano-generator is created wherein ceramic material diffuses through the molten particle and forms ceramic nanostructures on a polar site of the metal particle. The nanostructures may comprise silica, alumina, titania, or compounds or mixtures thereof.
Ripley; Edward B. (Knoxville, TN), Seals; Roland D. (Oak Ridge, TN), Morrell; Jonathan S. (Knoxville, TN)
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
11/ 472,080
June 21, 2006
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and BWXT Y-12, L.L.C.