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Novel fabrication technology for three-dimensional high surface area pyrolized structures
Author(s): Vinh Ho; Mark Shimada; David Szeto; Partha P. Mukherjee; Qinjun Kang; Lawrence Kulinsky; Marc J. Madou
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Paper Abstract

High specific surface area structures are used in a variety of applications including production of highly sensitive biosensors, fabrication of separation membranes, manufacturing of high throughput catalytic microreactors, and development of efficient electrodes for batteries and fuel cells. In many electrochemical applications (i.e. sensors and batteries) it's also critical to have good conductive properties of the fabricated high surface area structures. For energy harvesting technologies such as batteries and fuel cells, careful design of surface-to-volume ratio of the electrode surface is important, because while high specific surface area facilitates electrochemical reaction rates, it also increases overall electrode resistance. Thus, it is desirable to construct electrodes with a range of hierarchical features (for example with fractal structures). We invented a novel fabrication technology for creating three-dimensional conductive high surface area structures based on the deposition and subsequent processing of the electroactive polymers (EAP). The proposed fabrication technique is capable of fast and inexpensive production of high surface area structures with the designed geometry, porosity, and conductivity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7647, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010, 76472F (31 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.848878
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Vinh Ho, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
Mark Shimada, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
David Szeto, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
Partha P. Mukherjee, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Qinjun Kang, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Lawrence Kulinsky, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
Marc J. Madou, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7647:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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