Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Managing Gas-Liquid Dynamics within a Microporous Structure

Request Number
Due Date
Feb 11, 2016
Program Manager

RFP Custom Information

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Program Manager:

Nick Kacsandi, M.S.



Licensing, product acquisition, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement



The client wishes to engage top respondents in preliminary discussions under NDA in no later than Q2 2016


Phase 1 – Proof of technical concept within 6 months

Phase 2 – Development, optimization and commercial scale-up (TBD)



Funding exists to establish proof of concept for top-rated proposals. Funding determinations will be made based on the scope and nature of the proposed solution. All terms to be negotiated directly with the sponsoring client.




Phone: +1-216-283-3901

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RFP Title


Managing Gas-Liquid Dynamics within a Microporous Structure
RFP Description
NineSigma, representing a Global Electrochemical Products Client, invites proposals to improve control over the diffusion dynamics of a reactive gas and aqueous liquid within a thin, solid microporous environment.

NineSigma’s client is seeking designs, strategies, manufacturing techniques and other technical solutions to enable a thin (<1.0mm), multi-stage, microporous structure through which a highly reactive gaseous phase and a liquid phase are maintained separately but in close proximity. The liquid phase is highly alkaline and subject to variable cycling of oxidation and reduction reactions within this environment. Vapor permeability is required across the system; however, any ingress of liquids into the gaseous phase can be detrimental to product stability and overall functionality. During cycling both mechanical and material stresses occur due to phase change reactions, which further complicate these issues with instability, flooding, cracks, overall decrease of performance, etc.


The client has conducted significant research into this area to date, but has not yet identified a reliable solution to suit their needs. It is hypothesized that potential solutions may exist within adjacent industry applications especially where thin, multi-layer films and materials are routinely employed. Potential respondents may exist from across the landscape of industry, academia and research in the areas of materials science, manufacturing engineering, design engineering and more.


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Preliminary Discussions under NDA

  • Exchange details/information with top-rated collaborators
  • Present a project plan for joint development / collaboration including resources and time needed to accomplish Phase 1

Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Present a prototype sample (around 100cm2) for evaluation in clients laboratory under working conditions

Phase 2 – Development or Commercialization

  • Increase size for prototype (up to 700cm2)
  • Ensure reproducibility of material and manufacturing process
  • Identify key points for optimization
  • Present a plan for industrialization



Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Be compatible with or ultimately adaptable to:
    • Through plane electrical resistance < 20 W
    • Resistance to hot alkaline environments
    • High mechanical stability
      • Withstand hydraulic pressure up to 50 mbar
      • Resist structural damage due to gas expansion
  • Maintain systemic integrity in switching between oxidation and reduction in the alkaline environment
    • Exhibit desirable static regulation of gas and liquid dynamics
    • Allow uninhibited diffusion of gas throughout the structure
    • Prevent ingress of aqueous liquid into the gas-only environment
  • Have an overall thickness of 1.0-mm or less
  • Be microporous / mesoporous
    • Pore size from 0.05 to 5 micron
  • Exhibit hydrophobicity
    • Measured as Contact Angle with water >90°
  • Be scalable to sizes of at least 7dm2

NineSigma’s client recognizes that highly desirable technologies may require additional development or optimization to achieve the above specifications. For such technologies, additional development funding and other collaborative assistance may be available from the client’s technical teams.



Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel material technologies
  • Innovative design engineering
  • Thin films manufacturing
  • Novel layering, molding or manufacturing processes
  • Surface engineering
  • Solutions from adjacent industrial applications, including but not limited to:
    • Aerospace and defense
    • Ceramics engineering
    • Electrochemical products
    • Environmental engineering
    • Filtration and membranes
    • Fuel cells and batteries
    • Electronics and semiconductors



Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:


  • Reaction engineering approaches describing novel reactants, catalysts, etc.
  • Approaches that cannot be reasonably adapted to use in a high alkaline environment



Items to be Submitted

Your response should address the following:


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

  • Non-confidential description of proposed technology
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, proof of concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
    • Current IP for the proposed technology (patented, etc.)
    • Overview of organizational position on handling IP
  • Compatibility of the proposed solution with the requirements outlined in the “Key Success Criteria” section above
  • Discussion of how to resolve unmet Success Criteria.
  • Performance data, if available and applicable
  • Budget / Cost information, if available
  • Team / Organization description
  • Relevant expertise, experience or background related to the RFP topic area
  • Desired relationship with the RFP sponsor



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