PROGRAM MANAGER: Pamela Semanik
OPPORTUNITY: Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement.
Phase 1 - Critical Knowledge (current), completed by March 31, 2018
Phase 2 - Prototype Development, April 1, 2018 – April 1, 2019
Phase 3 - Product Development, 1-3 years (desired)
All terms to be negotiated between the Solution Provider(s) and the Client sponsor, as warranted.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing an Equipment and Systems Manufacturer and New Technology Provider, seeks technology approaches (mechanisms, processes, formulations) for the reduction of biuret concentration in aqueous urea solutions. A simple, low-cost method is needed to improve the quality of small-volume (< 100L) aqueous urea solutions by reducing the concentration of biuret. Technical approaches that can be applied to mobile systems are of most interest to this RFP.
Biuret (C2H5N3O2) is an intermediate formed during the production of urea, and is a byproduct of the degradation reaction of urea to ammonia. It is found in nitrogen-based fertilizer formulations as an impurity, and inhibits plant growth. Biuret is present in aqueous urea solutions.
Large-scale, commercial urea purification is well established and utilizes various technologies, such as crystallization, with large capital expense and footplan requirements. However, these solutions are not cost-effective for small-volume applications (< 100 Liters), where the end-user may require additional removal of the biuret from the aqueous urea solution prior to use. Therefore, an advanced technology is desired for the treatment of aqueous urea solutions that either removes biuret or converts it to an innocuous substance.
The technology must meet the following criteria:
A possible example solution is a catalyzed adsorbent bed (or filter) that selectively adsorbs the biuret from the solution and catalyzes its conversion to urea or to an innocuous substance that then desorbs back into the solution.
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
Your response should address the following:
Appropriate responses to this Request
Responses from companies (small to large), laboratories, entreprenuers, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company, university, or laboratory that has demonstrated a proof of concept.
You represent an academic institute that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.
You represent a company that has developed a method for use at pilot scale.
You represent a urea supplier that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at industrial scale.
You represent a technology transfer agency that represents an inventor or technology holder who can demonstrate an approach to address the request.
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 concept with a high probability of success.