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Seeking Materials which are Both Resilient and Absorbent

Request Number REQ3358147
Due Date December 15, 2017
Author Seh-Rin Sung
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Seeking Materials which are Both Resilient and Absorbent
RFP Description

NineSigma, on behalf of Kimberly-Clark, invites proposals for economical, resilient materials that also have high absorbency. The end application is for incorporation in feminine hygiene products.

Background

Kimberly-Clark is a leading global manufacturer of feminine care products.  Developing the next generation of products requires step changes in materials performance with acceptable cost.  Materials with high resiliency and absorbency enable efficient product packaging and discreteness while also functioning to absorb bodily fluids.

 

Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Demonstrate, at lab scale, the material’s resiliency and absorbency (or fluid transfer properties) with model fluids
  • Characterize material’s other physical properties

 

Phase 2 – Commercial product development

  • Incorporate material in product prototypes
  • Performance testing
  • Scale-up for manufacturing

 

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.

 

 

Key Success Criteria

The successful material will:

  • Exhibit the following resiliency characteristics:
    • Compression to 50% of original dimension with applied pressure of < 0.5 psi with recovery of ≥ 50% of original dimension within 30 seconds after removal of applied force
    • Tensile strength of ≥ 15N per 5 cm of width in the machine direction (assuming roll goods)
    • Elongation at break < 100%
    • Bulk density < 0.05 g/cm3
  • Also exhibit the following absorbency performance:
    • Absorb fluids with viscosity of ~30-80 cP
    • Absorbs fluid at least 10x its weight
    • Be hydrophilic to promote absorbency
    • Permit absorbance with minimal flow back when exposed to pressures < 0.5 psi
    • Exhibit minimal wet collapse
  • Meet these additional characteristics:
    • Be safe for contact with human skin
    • Use subcomponents with an acceptable environmental, health, and safety (EHS) profile
    • Preferably be available as roll goods without a liner
    • Be cost effective at commercial scale

 

 

Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Technology Acquisition
  • Supply Agreement
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

Solution Providers will submit Responses through an online form. The text below aids Solution Providers in understanding the information needed for a response.

 

Your response should address the following:

  • Non-confidential description of proposed technology and working principle
  • Availability of technical data including resiliency (compression), absorbency, thickness, density, strength, stiffness (flexibility), and EHS profile
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Estimated unit cost of technology
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references and freedom to practice
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience

 

Appropriate responses to this Request

Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, entrepreneurs, 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.

 

Area of Interest
  • Consumer Products
  • Packaging
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