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Title: Method and device to synthesize boron nitride nanotubes and related nanoparticles

Methods and apparatus for producing chemical nanostructures having multiple elements, such as boron and nitride, e.g. boron nitride nanotubes, are disclosed. The method comprises creating a plasma jet, or plume, such as by an arc discharge. The plasma plume is elongated and has a temperature gradient along its length. It extends along its length into a port connector area having ports for introduction of feed materials. The feed materials include the multiple elements, which are introduced separately as fluids or powders at multiple ports along the length of the plasma plume, said ports entering the plasma plume at different temperatures. The method further comprises modifying a temperature at a distal portion of or immediately downstream of said plasma plume; and collecting said chemical nanostructures after said modifying.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1264425
Assignee:
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA) LBNL
Patent Number(s):
9,394,632
Application Number:
13/635,897
Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2011 Mar 21
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

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Effective precursor for high yield synthesis of pure BN nanotubes
journal, July 2005
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