Challenge <p>Methods to Eliminate Odours in Cartonboard</p>

Methods to Eliminate Odours in Cartonboard

Award:  $20,000 USD
Deadline: Apr 29 2019 23:59 EDT
Active Solvers: 114
Posted: Feb 28 2019
Challenge ID: 9934221
 
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Abstract

The Seeker is looking for inexpensive methods that can significantly reduce or eliminate the smell perception of the odour in the cartonboard while being applicable to the Seeker’s production line and completely fulfilling current environmental and food safety regulations.

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

Overview

Cartonboard, a highly successful packaging material, is being widely used as the most sustainable solution for handling and delivering food and other goods. However, certain cartonboard types are not preferred by consumers in the food sector due to an inherent odour which can be described as woody, acidic and, after several months of storage, musty. The development of these odours depends on many parameters, including the manufacturing process, storage and time.

The Seeker is looking for inexpensive methods that can significantly reduce or eliminate the smell perception of the odour in the cartonboard while being applicable to the Seeker’s production line and completely fulfilling current environmental and food safety regulations. Solutions of interest to the Seeker could include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Prevention or reduction of chemical reactions leading to odour formation
  • Inactivation or masking of the formed odour substances through chemical reactions or processes 
  • Binding of odorous substances through physical reactions or processes. (e.g. adsorption processes)
  • Cracking of fatty acids during the production process (e.g. in the dryer section)

The Seeker sees this Challenge as a great opportunity to engage with “non-usual” experts, hence extends the invite to Solvers with relevant experience from, for example, the following industries: textiles, furniture, automotive, leather, food and beverages, pulp, wastewater treatment, filtration/membrane technology, plastic film production, flue gas cleaning, or medicine.

Important notices:

  • This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires only the submission of written documentation by the Solver. The Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation by the Seeker on a test production line. Due to this requirement, the experimental validation of results could take up to 9 months.
  • To receive an award, Solvers will not be required to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, as further described in the Challenge-Specific Agreement, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a two hundred and seventy (270)-day Exclusivity Period from the deadline [11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 29, 2019] for a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions for review, analysis and testing of the Proposed Solutions, an option for the grant of a further non-exclusive license, and an exclusive option to negotiate in good faith the terms of an exclusive license. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 29, 2019. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

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