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Challenge <p>Seeking for Reversible Exothermic Reactions to Lower Lubricant Viscosity</p>

Seeking for Reversible Exothermic Reactions to Lower Lubricant Viscosity

Award:  $25,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 115
Posted: Mar 27 2019
Challenge ID: 9934235
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The Seeker is looking for reversible exothermic reaction chemistries that can be used in different applications at cold temperature (0-30 degrees C) to quickly heat up lubricants and lower their viscosity.

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


The performance of machine lubricants peaks when an ideal temperature range and, consequently, viscosity is reached. When a machine is started, the lubricant is at a cold temperature, and the faster the system heats up and the lubricant reaches the ideal viscosity, the better.

One possible strategy to speed up this process is by using reversible exothermic reactions that release heat to the system. The Seeker has yet to identity the ideal chemistry to achieve this effect, hence it is challenging global Solvers to propose reactions that can be successful. More details can be found in the Detailed Description area of the Challenge.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires only the submission of written documentation by the Solver describing reduced-to-practice solutions. 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 6 months. Purely theoretical solutions (i.e. no relevant experimental data submitted) are also welcomed and these may qualify for an award of $15,000 if they are judged to meet the Solution Requirements listed below.

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 May 31st 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.

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