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View challenge: C-7140-0104 - Seeking a fluorine free surfactant, stabilizer or other additive
Our client is seeking a fluorine free surfactant, stabilizer or other additive as an alternative to fluorosurfactans in fire fighting foam concentrates (AFFF).

Background:-

Fire Fighting foam concentrate is a complex formulation of different solvents, surfactants and other additives. AFFF is a special type of Fire Fighting foam concentrate which contains fluorosurfactants and fluoropolymers in the formulation. Fluorosurfactants reduce surface tension, give the oleophobic effect to the foam and make it heat resistant. We are currently looking for fluorine free alternatives in order to expand our product line.

Our client's research and development laboratories in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia are staffed with industry experts and state of the art analytical and application equipment. Utilizing R&D best practices we have developed many patented technologies, proprietary products/processes and new applications. Our client is dedicated to a culture of learning and keep abreast of market and research trends via customer partnerships, academic collaboration and industry trade association participation.

Our criteria

Comparable performance to fluorine containing AFFF.
Does not add cost compared with fluorosurfactants.
Commercially available materials or produced through simple and scalable synthesis.
Complies with relevant regulations.
Safe to use.

The proposal would need to clearly describe the technical concept (chemical approach, structure if IP protected) and proof of concept results, if available.
Importance
Key Expectation from the solution
Must Meet
 Comparable performance to fluorine containing AFFF
Must Meet
 Does not add cost compared with fluorosurfactants
Must Meet
 Commercially available materials or produced through simple and scalable synthesis
Good if Met
 
Good if Met
 
Good if Met
 
Challenge Start date: 06-Apr-18         
End date: 11-May-18
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 Need attention
Funded research, Exclusive IP licensing, Joint development
 

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