Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
Licensing, product acquisition, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement
The client wishes to engage top respondents in preliminary discussions under NDA in Q1 2016
Phase 1 – Proof of technical concept within 6 months
Phase 2 – Development, optimization and commercial scale-up (TBD)
Funding exists to establish proof of concept for top-rated proposals. Funding determinations will be made based on the scope and nature of the proposed solution. All terms to be negotiated directly with the sponsoring client.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a Global Electrochemical Product Client, invites proposals for technologies or methods capable of generating a micro-porous and hydrophobic metallic surface that can withstand alkaline environments. The client invites proposals from expert partners across the spectrum of industry, academia, and research.
Variations in the nanoscale characteristics of a functional surface can have drastic impacts on performance characteristics, such as conductivity, in the end application. Even minor alterations in contact angle, porosity, and patterning can elicit significant response.
In the case of NineSigma’s client, a metallic surface that has been optimized for both porosity and hydrophobicity is required. The ideal surface will exhibit a “mesh” of apertures no larger than 5-10 micrometers in size, a contact angle greater than 120° (ideally 150°), and will be permeable to gases but not aqueous mixtures. Although a variety of potentially viable techniques have been identified, the desired surface has yet to be replicated in the client’s laboratories. In particular, electrodeposition in deep eutectic solvent has been practiced unsuccessfully. In order to meet current commercialization objectives, expert partners from across the technology landscape are sought to identify and realize a commercially viable solution by 2017.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Preliminary Discussions under NDA
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Phase 2 – Development. Optimization. Commercialization.
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Two parameters must be matched: presented prototype should be suitable for client’s application. Proposed manufacturing process should be potentially scalable to m2 size within cost request
The successful technology will:
Furthermore, in the end application, the metallic surface:
Please note that the appropriate solution is not required to be hydrophobic on all sides.
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
Your response should address the following:
Appropriate responses will use the response form and address the following: