Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

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

Request Number
Due Date
Nov 14, 2014
Program Manager


OPPORTUNITY: 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



Phase 1 - Proof of concept (within 6 months)

Phase 2 - Commercial development and scale up (12 to 18 months) 


FINANCIALS: Based on development and commercialization status of the proposed technology possible opportunities include funding for further development, manufacturing support, commitment to annual purchasing volumes or other financial incentives. 


The client’s exact timeline and financial position may vary in accordance with nature, scope and maturity of the proposed solution. Any and all agreements are subject to negotiation at the client’s discretion.




Phone: +1-216-283-3901


RFP was closed on

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.

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


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. 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:



Phase 1 - Proof of Technical Concept

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



  • 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



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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