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Imparting Self-Cleaning or Anti-Adherent Properties on Flexible Protective Textiles

Request Number REQ1266170
Due Date November 14, 2014
Author Nick Kacsandi
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Imparting Self-Cleaning or Anti-Adherent Properties on Flexible Protective Textiles
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a Global Apparel Manufacturer, invites proposals for technologies or materials to eliminate carcinogenic particles such as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) and related molecules that can become embedded in protective textiles during use.

Background

Highly combustible environments can generate carcinogenic particles (e.g. benzopyrenes, benzanthracenes, chrysenes, etc.) as a byproduct of the combustion process. These particles can become embedded in the protective apparel utilized by field workers – such as in the Oil & Gas, Mining, Military / Defense, and Public Safety sectors – thereby increasing the inherent, long-term health risks to the wearer.

 

NineSigma’s client seeks to identify partners with technologies that can self-clean, prevent particle adhesion, or catalyze, encapsulate or otherwise eliminate an embedded carcinogen within 24 to 48 hours of initial contact. Ideal solutions will incorporate into a textile matrix, and operate passively without the need for activation. However, solutions where removal or catalysis is activated via a cleaning process, the application of a secondary material, or through an external stimulus are also invited.

 

Potential solutions may include novel textiles, fibers, coatings, surface treatments, encapsulations, or nanotechnologies from interested parties within academia, research or industry. All approaches should be adaptable to use in flexible textiles, and meet the given specifications for flammability and durability.

 

Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Eliminate embedded carcinogens within 24 hours by:
    • Preventing adherence of the carcinogen or particulate to the textile
    • Self-cleaning, denaturing or catalyzing the carcinogen at the point of adherence
    • Encapsulating, coating or modifying the carcinogen at the point of adherence for easy removal during cleaning
    • Otherwise rendering the carcinogen inert or easy to remove

Furthermore, proposed solutions should address one or more of the following specifications:

  • Compatible with flexible textile matrices, including any or all of the following:
    • Woven and non-woven structures
    • Spun and filament yarn structures
    • Extruded materials and films
  • Compatible with hydrophobic surface treatments
  • Highly durable against:
    • Repeated flexing
    • Abrasion
    • Extreme environmental conditions
      • Temperature up to 1000F
      • Humidity from 0-100%
  • Maintain efficacy >5 years without the need for treatment or replacement
    • Use cycles: >2600
    • Monthly cleaning cycles
  • Safe for human contact and use:
    • Non-toxic
    • Low thermal conductance
    • Non-flammable

 

Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-cleaning materials
  • Catalytic materials, fabrics or fibers
  • Materials for filters, scavengers or purification systems
  • Anti-adherent coatings, encapsulations or surface treatments
  • Oleophobic technologies
  • Nanotechnology

 

 

Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Solutions that employ bleach or chemically similar oxidizing compound
  • Solutions that employ extreme high pH (>10) or low pH (<6) compounds
  • Photocatalytic solutions that require long-term or high-intensity exposure to UV

 

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To respond, use the Response options at the bottom of the page, which are only available when registered and logged into the NineSights Innovation Community. You may submit supplemental files in addition to your completed response form.

 

Appropriate responses will use the response template or response form and address the following:

  • High level, non-confidential, description of proposed technology including:
    • Working principle or knowledge base to support your approach
    • Availability of technical data
    • Technology maturity (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
  • Pathway to industrial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Estimated cost of technology (if available)
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience

 

Other Request information includes:

 

ANTICIPATED PROJECT PHASES OR PROJECT PLAN

Phase 1 - Proof of Technical Concept

Phase 2 - To be determined in accordance with the proposed scope of work.

 

ANCRITERIA FOR MOVING FROM PHASE 1 to PHASE 2

  • Proof of concept against the client’s specifications
  • Full technical report including:
    • Material specification
    • Options for application methods
  • Plan for optimization, manufacturing and scale-up

 

APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUEST

Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:

 

You represent an organization with a material solution that is ready for testing in the intended application

 

You represent an organization with an anti-adherent, self-cleaning, catalyzing or encapsulation technology that can provide a solution for development and prototyping

 

You represent an organization with technology that should provide a solution but that requires further research and development to ready it for transfer to commercial use.

 

 

 

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