Kevin Andrews, Ph.D.
Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development
Opportunity to participate in a portion of US$ 2 billion annual market
Phase 1 – Proof of concept in 6-8 months
Phase 2 – Scale up in 9-15 months
Phase 1 – Proof of concept funding commensurate with proposed activity, negotiated as warranted
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a global manufacturer of chemical intermediates, as a leader in developing solutions for industrial goods, invites proposals for new chemistries to promote phase separation of oil and water mixtures.
Oil and gas production in the world increasingly relies on applying pressure to promote extraction from a formation. One promotion method involves water injection to push crude oil out of the formation. The resulting fluids can be mixtures of oil and water which must be separated. Demulsifiers are a chemistry that migrates to the interface between oil and water, disrupting the interface and enhancing water droplet coalescence to promote separation.
Demulsifiers play a key role in maximizing the efficiency of separation and minimizing oil residue in the aqueous phase. NineSigma’s client seeks to develop more sustainable and environmentally-friendly demulsifiers which perform well at acceptable cost.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Phase 2 – Scale up
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Client will consider for advancement an approach that meets performance criteria with acceptable economics and pathway to commercialization.
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
Substances which could be classified as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT)
Your response should address the following:
Appropriate responses to this Request
Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, research institutes, consultants, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a proof of concept.
You represent a company or university that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.
You represent a company or university that has developed a method for use at pilot scale.
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at industrial scale.
You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration ready to adapt.
You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.