Electrostatically self-assembled nanocomposite reactive microspheres

Jonathan Y. Malchi, Timothy J. Foley, Richard A. Yetter

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Nanocomposite reactive microspheres with diameters of ∼1-5 μm were created via electrostatic self-assembly of aluminum and cupric oxide nanoparticles. The ability to utilize this novel approach of bottom-up assembly to create these reactive materials allows for the potential for a more intimate mixture between the two nanoreactants and, thus, an overall more energetic combustion process. Experiments with the self-assembled material demonstrate the ability to achieve ignition and sustain a combustion wave in rectangular microchannels, which does not occur with material having similar amounts of organics mixed via the traditional sonication method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2420-2423
Number of pages4
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 25 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science


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