Vertically-Aligned Carbon-Nanotubes Embedded in Ceramic Matrices for Hot Electrode Applications


Vertically aligned CNT patterns
Vertically aligned CNT patterns
University of Nebraska Lincoln
Website:  University of Nebraska
Award Number:  FE0023061
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 09/30/2019
Total Award Value:  $400,000
DOE Share:  $400,000
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  University Training and Research
Key Technology:  High Performance Materials
Location:  Lincoln, Nebraska

Project Description

The objective of this project is to develop carbon nanotube (CNT)-ceramic (C) composite structures, in which vertically aligned (VA) carbon nanotubes are embedded in ceramic matrices for hot electrode applications such as magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) power systems. Four objectives will be accomplished as follows: (1) Super growth of vertically aligned (VA) CNT carpets, (2) Fabrication of CNT-boron nitride (BN) composite structures, (3) Stability and resistance studies of the CNT-BN composite structures, and (4) Thermionic emissions from the CNT-BN composite structures.

Project Benefits

This project will provide appropriate composite structures for hot electrode applications without integrating all extreme properties within a single material. As well it may stimulate the extensive applications and commercialization of MHD power systems and establish a new family of VA-CNT base anisotropic composite structures. Overall, this could improve electricity generation efficiency in current combustion power plant and reduce the capital costs of MHD powered systems.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Barbara Carney:
Technology Manager 
Briggs White:
Principal Investigator 
Yongfeng Lu:

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