Monday, October 24, 2011

US Patent 8038479 - CNT electrical connectors

This patent from NanoRidge Materials teaches a reduced weight electrical power cable based on carbon nanotube/polymer composites. Claim 1 reads:

1. An electrical connector comprising:

at least one polymer;

carbon nanotubes;

wherein the carbon nanotubes are dispersed in the at least one polymer to form an electrically-conducting carbon nanotube/polymer dispersion; and

an electrical conductor comprising two electrical connection points;

wherein the electrical conductor comprises at least one metal;

wherein a first of the two electrical connection points contacts the carbon nanotube/polymer dispersion; and

wherein the electrical conductor is configured for transmitting current therethrough between the carbon nanotube/polymer dispersion and a second of the two electrical connection points.