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Challenge Better Compressed Cotton Materials for a Better World!
Better Compressed Cotton Materials for a Better World!
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 148
Posted: Dec 18 2009
Challenge ID: 9046456
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This Challenge requires a process design for methods of manufacturing new materials from cotton.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.
This Challenge requires a process design for methods of manufacturing new, non-textile materials from cotton.

The 91% cellulose-content of raw cotton and relative ease of processing make it an excellent alternative to wood-pulp as a major source of cellulose for industrial manufacturing. Current production techniques for cellulose-derived products, such as papers and cardboard, consume wood-pulp as a raw material and use industrial caustic and acidic chemicals, producing toxic effluents as a result. Durable products made from cellulose-derived materials, such as celluloid, also produce large amounts of toxic by-products during manufacture.

The Seeker requests processes whereby ’raw’, or ’de-waxed’, cotton may be transformed into materials with as wide a range of uses as petroleum-based plastics or wood-composite moldings.
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