NineSigma’s client produces a variety of viscous gel formulations. When utilized, these compounds (or mixtures of compounds) are exposed to a variety of potential stimuli, including:
- Light (both natural and artificial)
- Mechanical pressure
- Electrical currents (DC)
- Atmospheric gases at atmospheric pressures
- Chemical reactions
- Osmotic change
- Ion addition
The client desires the ability to incorporate a color changing ability to these gel formulations to convey information to the user. This information includes but is not limited to: indication of proper mixing, duration of application, or exposure to electric current, mechanical pressure, vibration, or other energy sources.
NineSigma’s client is interested in all technologies that provide a color change, such as
- Mechanochromic luminescence
Technologies that provide a luminescent property are of greater interest than technologies that exhibit color variability in response to changes in pH.
The color change can be brief (for example: only when in the presence of electric current) or permanent (for example: as the result of mechanical pressure).
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Evaluation of proposed technologies
Phase 2 – Prototyping of selected technologies
- Technologies of interest will be evaluated in the client’s R&D facility to determine pathway to commercialization
- To be completed: Q2/Q3 2018
Phase 3 – Integration/Licensing/Funding of proposed technologies
- Finalization of technology integration in to client’s product(s)
- To be completed: Q4 2018
Phase 4 – Commercial release
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.
Conceptual approaches are of interest with sufficient evidence of a pathway to commercialization.
The client is also interested in connecting with individuals with compelling experience and expertise in this field. These individuals have the potential to act as subject matter experts, advising the client on the development, implementation, or commercialization of proposed technologies.