Tuesday, May 12, 2009

US Patent 7531114 - CNT ionic liquid gel


This patent from Japan Science and Technology Agency teaches a new carbon nanotube composite structure providing reduced damage to carbon nanotube bundles during processing. Claim 1 reads:

1. A gel composition formed by a method which comprises pulverizing carbon nanotubes by applying a shearing force to a mixture consisting of carbon nanotubes and an ionic liquid, wherein the ionic liquid is a salt which assumes a molten state at or very near room temperature.