Patent Number: 8,066,831

Title: Shock wave and power generation using on-chip nanoenergetic material

Abstract: A method of generating power uses a nanoenergetic material. The nanoenergetic material comprising thermite is obtained and deposited on a substrate. An igniter is placed on the nanoenergetic material. When power is desired, the nanoenergetic material is ignited. A transducer receives thermal, sonic, magnetic, optic and/or mechanical energy from combustion of the nanoenergetic material and converts it into electrical energy. Preferably, the transducer is a thermoelectric, piezoelectric or magneto device. Preferably, multiple transducers are integrated in one power generators to maximize the power from nanoenergetic thermites.

Inventors: Gangopadhyay; Shubhra (Columbia, MO), Apperson; Steven (Columbia, MO), Gangopadhyay; Keshab (Columbia, MO), Bezmelnitsyn; Andrey (Columbia, MO), Thiruvengadathan; Rajagopalan (Columbia, MO), Kraus; Michael (Columbia, MO), Shende; Rajesh (Rapid City, SD), Hossain; Maruf (Columbia, MO), Subramanian; Senthil (Poway, CA), Bhattacharya; Shantanu (Columbia, MO), Gao; Yuangang (Boulder, CO)

Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri

International Classification: C06B 45/00 (20060101); C06B 45/18 (20060101); C06B 33/00 (20060101); C06B 27/00 (20060101); D03D 23/00 (20060101); D03D 43/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-11-29 0:00:00