Thursday, August 02, 2007

US Patent 7250386 - Non-crystalline quantum limit catalyst

The inventor of this patent (Stanford Ovshinsky) is arguably the world leading authority on amorphous (non-crystalline) semiconductor materials and has been patenting in this area for several decades. This particular patent is directed to a new amorphous quantum material adapted for hydrogen storage. Claim 1 reads:

1. A quantum limit catalyst comprising: catalytic atomic aggregations, said atomic aggregations consisting essentially of an assembly of atoms of one or more metal elements, said atomic aggregations having a size of 100 angstroms or less, said size placing said atomic aggregations in the quantum limit, said quantum limit atomic aggregations having a non-crystalline structure.

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