NineSigma, on behalf of a global leader in the manufacture of high-value carbon products, invites proposals for novel, sustainable or recycling-derived feedstocks suitable for producing carbon black.
Carbon black is a crystalline form of carbon with a partially disordered lattice. It has a high ratio of surface area to volume and a low polycyclic aromatic content. Carbon black is a key ingredient as a reinforcing filler in tires and rubber and as a pigment in plastics, paint, and ink.
NineSigma’s client currently manufactures carbon black from the incomplete combustion of petroleum oil or tar. They seek alternative feedstocks that take advantage of renewable (plant) sources or recycled materials.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Lab-scale demonstration or feedstock evaluation
Phase 2 – Commercial development
Application Testing and Development
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:
Enable a feedstock with
Carbon content ≥ 50 wt %
Low sulfur content < 5 wt %
Preferably, high aromatic carbon content
Ideally use renewable or recycled materials
Be cost effective at commercial scale
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
Identifying suitable renewable feedstocks
Recycling existing materials
Novel processes to use renewable or recycled materials
Approaches not of Interest
Use of non-renewable feedstocks, e.g. existing hydrocarbon reserves
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 feedstock composition (carbon content, aromatic content, and sulfur content)
Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to commercialize, ready to implement, commercialized)
Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and production capacity
Estimated unit cost of raw material (US$/ton)
Position on intellectual property (patent granted, patent pending, trade secret) including patent references (if available)
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.