Licensing, product acquisition, contract rsearch, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement. The RFP sponsor is not interested in consulting arrangements at this time.
Phase 1: Proof of Concept in 6-12 Months
Phase 2: Material Available for Live Field Testing in 6-12 Months
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NineSigma, representing a Global Consumer Coatings Company, invites proposals for technology approaches that allow an architectural coating to be effectively applied to a damp surface without affecting the protective properties of the cured coating. The desired resulting technology will be as effective as current high-performing architectural coatings approaches, but will allow for the application onto a damp surface without additional pre-treatment.
Exterior architectural surfaces, such as wooden siding and deck boards, need to be protected from the elements by regular applications of protective coatings. For maximum protection against rain, UV, and other weathering elements, the coating application process must be followed exactly, and often requires ideal conditions. Historically, paints and coatings require a dry surface for effective adhesion and proper curing (no more than 20%-30% moisture content on the surface).
Surfaces that are damp to the touch (from exposure to rain, dew, humidity, and shade, for example) typically will not allow for the effective application of a protective coating as compared to application to a dry surface. The coating, if applied to the damp floor or wall surface, will not adhere evenly, and the moisture in the substrate will affect the curing (drying) time of the coating.
The RFP sponsor is seeking technology approaches (materials, process, and chemical innovations) that would eliminate having to wait for perfect conditions before a coating can be applied to an exterior surface, while maintaining the performance of the exterior coating. The current recommendation for application of an exterior coating is for surfaces that are under 20% - 30% moisture content. This RFP seeks approaches that can improve upon this moisture range. Ideally, the resulting coating will be able to be applied to both dry and damp surfaces, and/or incorporate the water from the surface in a curing mechanism.
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:
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Responses from companies (small to large), entrepreneurs, researchers, or inventors are welcome. For example: