Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Electrically Conductive Materials for Coating Fine Powders

Request Number
Due Date
Oct 8, 2014
Program Manager


Depending on the nature of the proposed solution this RFP could result in one or more of the following:  licensing, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement



Based on nature of the proposed solution NineSigma’s client may pursue one or more of the following:

  • Immediate purchase of commercially available technology (within 6 months)
  • Development, engineering and optimization of near-term solutions including prototyping, field trials, pilot trials, scale up, process optimization, etc. (within 6-12 months)
  • Funded development or contract research for long-term solutions, including proof of concept studies (within 12-24 months)



Proof of concept, developmental, or scale up funding to be commensurate with the nature and scope of the proposed activity. All engagements are subject to negotiation with the sponsor.




Phone: +1-216-283-3901

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RFP Title


Electrically Conductive Materials for Coating Fine Powders
RFP Description
NineSigma, representing a Global Materials Science Company, invites proposals for electrically conductive materials for use in nano-scale applications.

Electrically conductive materials have a variety of applications ranging from electromagnetic shielding and electrostatic discharge to semiconductors and energy storage applications. However, these same materials are constrained by secondary properties (poor heat resistance, proneness to mechanical failure, etc.) that limit their functionality in extreme environments or high volume usage scenarios.


NineSigma’s client seeks proposals for electrically conductive materials that can be used to enhance base materials via micro-/nano-scale coatings or encapsulations. Ideal technologies will be robust enough to handle high mechanical and thermal stresses while remaining electrochemically inert.



Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Be electrically conductive
  • Be applicable at particle sizes from 0.1-100 micron
  • Be permeable to small ions
  • Be mechanically robust
    • Able to withstand heat treatments up to 200 °C
    • Able to withstand volume expansions of up to 4x



Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials engineering solutions
  • Novel material applications
    • Encapsulation technologies
    • Self-healing materials
    • Carbon nanotubes
    • Inorganic materials (metal oxides, etc.)
    • Polymer solutions
  • Computational methods


NineSigma’s client will consider partial solutions for collaborative development opportunities.



Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Computational methods that are not also supported by additional capabilities in materials engineering, testing or validation.
  • Solutions with high electrochemical reactivity



Items to be Submitted

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.


Your response should address the following:

  • High level, non-confidential description of the proposed technology including:
    • Nature of proposed material (if applicable)
    • Application method (if applicable)
    • 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


How Proposals are Evaluated

  • Our client will use the information you provide to judge whether they should pursue more in-depth discussions, negotiations, or other arrangements directly with you. This initial evaluation requires about two months.
  • NineSigma will notify respondents if our client selected them for progression or not. If they were not selected, they may be able to receive feedback directly from the organization as to why they were not selected.
  • If selected for progression, the next step would be a conversation either with NineSigma or directly with the requesting organization to answer any outstanding questions.
  • If both parties wish to proceed, the requesting organization may initiate a contract such as a confidentiality agreement for further detailed discussion, a face-to-face meeting, or a submission of samples for evaluation.
  • The final step would be a contract establishing an official business relationship. This could include a supply agreement, licensing, a research contract, or a joint development agreement.



Award Amount
Financial terms to be determined based on proposal
Area of Interest