Patent Number: 7,708,810

Title: Carbon nanocomposite membranes and methods for their fabrication

Abstract: A gas permeable, carbon based, nanocomposite membrane comprises a nanoporous carbon matrix comprising a pyrolyzed polymer, and a plurality of nanoparticles of carbon or an inorganic compound disposed in the matrix. The matrix is prepared by pyrolyzing a polymer, and nanoparticles of the particulate material are disposed in the polymer prior to pyrolysis. The particles may be disposed in a precursor of the polymer, which precursor is subsequently polymerized, or in the polymer itself.

Inventors: Foley; Henry C. (University Park, PA), Rajagopalan; Ramakrishnan (State College, PA), Merritt; Anna R. (State College, PA)

Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation

International Classification: B01D 53/22 (20060101); B01D 69/12 (20060101); B01D 71/02 (20060101); B01D 71/06 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018