Oil Emulsion with High Concentration / Small Droplet

Request Number REQ7340704
Due Date April 19, 2017
Author Seh-Rin Sung
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Oil Emulsion with High Concentration / Small Droplet
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a global food manufacturer, seeks an emulsification technology capable to produce high-concentration and/or small-size oil droplets without using any additive agents.


The client anticipates to ultimately apply the emulsification technology to the production of a paste condiment; however, proven approaches in various fields, such as the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, are also widely welcome.


A global food manufacturer, a client of NineSigma, has been engaged in the development and manufacture of paste-type emulsion condiments. To realize higher-quality products, an emulsification technology that can achieve stronger attracting forces between oil droplets should be required. While such properties can be achieved by adding an extra surfactant, the client is eager to explore solutions that do not involve additive agents, in order to maintain the quality of taste and flavor.


The client, considering that the development of an emulsification technology capable to produce high-concentration and/or small-size oil droplets is the key to a solution, now pays attention to different fields such as the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, where such innovative technologies are actively investigated. Therefore, the client has issued this open request to further accelerate product development by introducing such technology.



Key Success Criteria

Requirements of the anticipated emulsification technology

  • Should not involve surfactants or additives (addition of extra agents is not acceptable)


Emulsion properties to be ultimately achieved

  • Oil droplet concentration: 65% or higher
  • Oil droplet diameter: 2 μm or smaller
  • Viscosity: Approx. 80 – 150 Pa・s
  • Arrangement of oil droplets: Anticipated arrangement that yields high oil drop concentration, including the following:
    • Oil droplets of various diameters in array so that they can exactly fill gaps in the spaces in-between
    • Extremely small oil droplets aligning with each other uniformly



Possible Approaches

Possible approaches include, but are not limited to the followings. Approaches potentially applicable to mass production are anticipated.

  • Emulsification process employing a high pressure environment
  • Emulsification process using ultrasound waves
  • Emulsification process using a microfluidic device
  • Membrane emulsion process



Preferred Collaboration types
Items to be submitted

Items to be Included in the Proposal

Responses will use the Proposal Template and include the following items:

  • Overview of the technology
  • Uniqueness of the technology
  • Development stage (Concept level / Performance verified at a lab level / Under development for practical use / Implemented for practical use)
  • Current performance
    • Emulsion components
    • Detailed properties of the emulsion to be achieved
      • Oil droplet concentration
      • Oil droplet diameter
      • Viscosity
      • Emulsion type (O/W type, W/O type, etc.)
    • Mass production potential
    • Past applications
    • Successful application result to food
  • Current challenges and future plans


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Respondents should submit proposals using the attached Response Template.


The client will review submitted proposals and possibly ask clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select the best candidate(s) through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute non-disclosure agreements (NDA) with selected respondent(s), seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.

The client will execute necessary agreement(s) with the selected respondent(s) and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.


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