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Challenge New Synthetic Route for the Synthesis of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers

New Synthetic Route for the Synthesis of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers

Award: $40,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 95
Posted: Aug 31 2018
Challenge ID: 9934178
 
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Abstract

The Seeker is looking for a scalable synthetic route for the production of amphiphilic block copolymers free of phosphorous- or sulfur-containing compounds and/or impurities, halides, or metals.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data and, if requested by the Seeker, sample delivery.

Overview

The Seeker is looking for a scalable synthetic route for the production of amphiphilic block copolymers free of phosphorous- or sulfur-containing compounds and/or impurities, halides, or metals. The synthetic approaches tested by the Seeker did not lead to satisfactory results, either because it led to the mentioned impurities or because, despite being clean, the conversion yields of the syntheses were poor.

Hence, the Seeker is challenging Solvers from any synthetic chemistry background and experience to propose and/or develop a synthetic route and process than can achieve the challenging requirements that are further explained in the Detailed Description section of the Challenge.

The submission to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. The detailed description of the proposed Solution addressing specific Solution Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge (and/or delivery of a material sample if requested by the Seeker). 

The Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 6, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.

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