Jos Cenens, Ph.D.
Licensing, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing,
joint development, supplier agreement
Phase 1 – Proof of concept (3-6 months)
Phase 2 – Pilot scale development (1 year)
Phase 3 – Commercialization (2 years)
Funding is available depending on the maturity of the proposed
solution. All terms are to be negotiated.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a major chemical company, invites proposals for a method to produce pseudo/low crystalline-boehmite (AlO(OH)). The most important feature of the method is to provide a low sodium, low sulfur AlO(OH) beneficially with high pore volume (> 0.5 ml/g) and high crush strength after forming and calcination of the boehmite to gamma alumina (γ-Al2O3) and/or alpha alumina (α-Al2O3). The successful technology will be used to produce supported catalysts suitable for a range of applications.
γ-Al2O3 and/or α-Al2O3 has many industrial applications especially in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. Boehmite (AlO(OH)) is a cost-effective starting material for the production of these Al2O3 . Moreover, its calcination into γ-Al2O3 can be done at relatively low temperatures (~500°C). Several procedures exist for the preparation of boehmite, and especially of boehmite with low crystallinity since crystalline boehmite usually gives lower-surface area γ-Al2O3. NineSigma’s client wants to identify cost affordable methods to make low crystalline boehmite as a precursor towards especially high surface area γ-Al2O3. The final material must also have a high pore volume that will allow bulky chemicals to enter the pore system.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Selected technologies will be evaluated in a client specified setting. Initial costs and manufacturing aspects will be assessed.
Phase 2 – Pilot scale development
Further verification of the technology by upscaling for pilot plant trials
Phase 3 – Commercialization
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
Your response should address the following: