Friction Control Technology for Non-Slip Wet Surface

Request Number REQ2362792
Due Date February 9, 2018
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Friction Control Technology for Non-Slip Wet Surface
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a major housing material manufacturer, seeks a surface treatment, coating, or material that realize uncompromised friction coefficient even on wet surface.


The client explores the potential of a material that prevents slippage in wet condition. For instance, a floor material (tiles, wood, PVC, etc.) should have appropriate slip resistance for safety in walking. However, the friction of the floor surface reduces when it is wet on a rainy day. To prevent slipping accidents, it is common to place anti-slip sheets or the treatment of anti-slip / water repellency are carried out on the floor material. Nevertheless, these approaches do not provide a sufficient anti-slip property or durability. On top of that, the conventional solutions have a poor design and poor cleaning property (owing to asperities) in many cases. Therefore, the client has issued this open request to accelerate identification and commercialization of a potential technology.


Key Success Criteria

Characteristics of the target surface

  • Material: Resin, ceramic, metal, etc.
  • Shape: Flat plate
  • Size: Approximately 5 x 5 cm or more (Bigger sizes are more preferable.)

Requirements for proposed solution

  • Should provide or have at least either of the following functionalities:
    • The surface friction coefficient increases or does not change when wet with water
    • Water in the surface can be drained without using external energy
    • Water can be removed from the material surface by the pressure of a footstep
  • Preferably, no compromise in the surface smoothness, design, and cleaning property.
    • The roughness of surface is invisible.
  • Wear resistant and durable solution is desirable.
  • The longer lasting the provided function, the better would be the solution. The proposer is expected to provide a sample or trial product upon request by the client.



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.


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Chemical surface treatment
  • Polymer brush coatings
  • Combination of a super water-repellent additive/coatings with a fine drain structure
  • Surface modification using atmospheric pressure plasma
  • Self-dry structure with micro asperities
  • Material or design that keeps its surface dry by absorbing water inside


Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Approach that only offers water repellency
  • Approach that only makes the surface of material porous


Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Supply Agreement
Items to be submitted

Responses will use the Proposal Template which is linked to the “attachments” shown at the bottom of the link and include the following items:


  • Category of the proposed technology (material, surface treatment, structure, other)
  • Overview of the proposed technology (characteristics, principle, uniqueness)
  • Development stage
  • Current performance (please describe only items related to the proposed technology)
    • Anti-slip property
    • Changes in the friction coefficient (in dry/wet condition)
    • Wear resistance, weatherability, water resistance
    • Durability of effect
    • Applicable materials and application examples
  • Sample test conditions (cost, period, agreement conditions)
  • Current challenges and future plans
  • Past achievements (research papers, patents, etc.)
  • Organization overview


Area of Interest
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