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Challenge Preventing Discoloration of Formulated Materials Exposed to Sunlight and Humidity

Preventing Discoloration of Formulated Materials Exposed to Sunlight and Humidity

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 179
Posted: Aug 31 2018
Challenge ID: 9934179
 
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Abstract

The Seeker is looking for novel ideas for a formulation additive, or additives, that stabilises the color of one of its formulated materials, preventing discoloration under exposure to sunlight and humidity.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires submission of written documentation from the Solver. The Seeker will perform experimental validation of proposed solutions in order to determine the award.

Overview

The Seeker produces various formulated materials that are used for outdoor applications. Over time (after a few weeks or couple of months), it is observed that the material’s original colour changes, and the Seeker’s studies suggest that such discoloration is due to exposure to humidity and sunlight. The Seeker has attempted to solve this problem by testing a number of commercially available additives in its formulation (anti-oxidants, light stabilisers, etc) but none was successful.

Hence, the Seeker is challenging Solvers to propose novel ideas for additive products that can be used to stabilise its products. More details can be found in the Detailed Description area of the Challenge.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires submission of written documentation by the Solver. The Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation by the Seeker. Due to this requirement, experimental validation of results could take up to 3 months.

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 December 2, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.

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