The client has worked on improvement of the efficiency of the production process for BCAAs. BCAAs have both hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces, and faster crystal growth on the hydrophilic surface leads to flaky crystal shape. These flaky crystal particles cause a reduction in the productivity of subsequent processes. To realize a highly productive process, the client aims to develop a technology to produce spherical particles by flocculating them or controlling crystal growth.
Although the client has studied a lot, there remains difficulties. For instance, commercially available flocculants such as ferric oxide were examined, which resulted in the breakage of floc due to shear by agitation.
In the meantime, R&D activities to develop flocculation technologies for sludge, wastewater, etc., and those to control particle shape and crystal growth are globally on going in various areas. Therefore, the client has issued this open request to identify potential partner(s) that can jointly address the problem, believing that there are potential technologies to solve this problem.