Microwave-assisted synthesis of metal nanofoams
Physical Sciences : Materials and Compounds
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- Arumugam Manthiram, Ph.D. , Mechanical Engineering
- Karl Kreder III , Texas Materials Institute
High surface area metal foams hold great potential for use as electrodes in rechargeable batteries based on lithium or sodium, supercapacitors, and catalyst substrates/electrodes. Presently, a number of research institutions have shown the advantages of using high surface area metal foams, but all such efforts have used foams which would be cost-prohibitive to use at scale.
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a method for the cheap, facile, non-hazardous, synthesis of high surface area metal foams. Foams can be produced via a single step microwave assisted solvo-thermal method. Copper nickel, silver, and palladium foams have already been produced.
- High surface area metal foams
- Can be produced quickly and cheaply at scale
- Surface areas 1000x greater than currently available commercial metal foams
- Simple synthesis method which can be easily scaled to industrial production levels
Battery manufacturers, catalytic applications, supercapacitors
- 1 PCT patent application filed