Removing Organic Content from Caustic Brine Solution
NineSigma, on behalf of a global chemical company, invites proposals for methods to reduce the total organic content in a caustic brine solution.
NineSigma’s client has a manufacturing process that produces, as a byproduct, an aqueous caustic brine solution with some organic content (see Table 1) as a contaminant. The client would like to convert this brine solution into useful materials but is hindered by the presence of organics. Therefore, they seek a process to remove the organic content.
NineSigma’s client produces ~8700 L of brine solution per day and would need to process organics removal at a rate of 11-75 L/min at industrial scale.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Lab demonstration at 1-5 L scale
Phase 2 – Engineering development
Optimize processing parameters
Pilot scale process of 50-200 L/day
Preparation for deployment in manufacturing setting, including certified engineering drawings for permitting
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.
Key Success Criteria
The successful technology will:
Reduce the total organic content in a caustic brine from ~10,000 ppm to < 10 ppm
Be compatible with aqueous brine characterized in Table 1
Be repeatable and reliable
Preferably, use facile operating conditions
Preferably, be able to process 8700 L/day at industrial scale
Be cost effective at industrial scale
Approaches not of Interest
Client is not interested in approaches that rely on evaporation
Items to be Submitted
Your response should not contain any confidential information.
NineSigma’s client will evaluate all responses and choose those of greatest interest for direct discussions that could lead to contractual engagement for proof of concept demonstration or other commercial arrangements with selected respondent, to develop or adapt promising technologies or approaches.
Your response should address the following:
Non-confidential description of proposed technology and working principle
Availability of technical data including TOC removal efficiency, system throughput, and process parameters
Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to implement, available at industrial scale)
Pathway to industrial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
Estimated unit cost of technology (CAPEX, OPEX per unit volume)
Position on intellectual property (patent granted, patent-pending, trade secret), patent references (if available), and your assessment of freedom to practice
Desired relationship with sponsor
Team description and related experience
Appropriate responses to this Request
Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a proof of concept.
You represent a company or university that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.
You represent a company or university that has developed a method for use at pilot scale.
You represent a company or university 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 pathway with a high probability of success.
Preferred Collaboration Types
To Be Negotiated
Area of Interest
Chemistry-Organic > Separation
Environmental Sciences > Water Resource Management