The Perfect Microbead: Seeking a New Method to Produce Monodisperse Spherical Particles
The Seeker to this Challenge is looking for a novel method(s) to shape ceramic oxide powders into highly spherical monodisperse microbeads within the size range of 30 to 300 microns.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Briquetting of Coal Fines
The Seeker is looking for a method to make <3 mm coal fines into briquettes ~25mm x 20mm x 18mm in size that can last through the tumbling and temperature of a rotary kiln.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, a demonstration of capability and samples from the Seeker’s material, if requested.
RUSAL Challenge: Usage of Petroleum Coke with Shot Coke Particles in Calcining and Anode Production
Green Petroleum Coke (GPC), a final carbon-rich solid material that derives from oil refining comes in two common morphologies, “sponge” (porous) and “shot” (hard spheres). Sponge coke produces high grade carbon anodes due to the deep binder penetration of the porous structure. The non-porous shot coke makes lower quality anodes so cannot be used as “anode grade” coke. UC Rusal would like to find a technology/process to allow the use of shot coke in anode manufacturing.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and a device/system to be tested; However Theoretical Solutions may be accepted for half the award.
RUSAL Challenge: New Binding Element for Carbon Anode Production (Coal Tar Pitch Alternative)
Coal Tar Pitch is a liquid used in the production of carbon anodes for aluminum smelting. Its production is completely dependent on the Steel Industry and there is an expected shortage in the near future. The Seeker is looking for an alternative binder material like Coal Tar Pitch which is not made from similar feedstocks (Coal Tar).
TEVA Challenge: Novel Therapeutic Targets for Disorders of the Central Nervous System
The central nervous system (CNS), comprised of the brain and spinal cord, is responsible for integrating sensory inputs and coordinating body functions. Dysfunction of the CNS leads to serious and often fatal conditions, such as neurodegenerative diseases, as well as migraine and headache disorders, and chronic pain. These conditions are each associated with diverse and debilitating symptoms, which include severe pain, fatigue, lack of motor coordination/balance, and paralysis. Treatment options for the disorders are limited and new approaches to improve patient outcomes are needed. Therefore, Teva is seeking proposals for novel intracellular or extracellular targets with therapeutic potential to alleviate the conditions of people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, migraine and headache disorders, and pain.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.
Detecting Leaks and Flaws in Water Pipelines – Stage 1
The Bureau of Reclamation and its collaborators are seeking innovative methods and technology to detect leaks and flaws in buried water pipeline infrastructure. Pipeline leaks and flaws deprive consumers of a valuable resource and necessitate costly repairs. Currently, no practical method exists to detect leaks and flaws in large diameter operational pipelines regardless of pipe diameter and material type. Solutions can be novel approaches or can build upon existing methods or technologies. This Challenge launches Stage 1 of a planned two-stage Challenge that includes laboratory-scale and field-scale demonstrations.
Challenge Orientation Video: Subject matter experts from Reclamation, San Diego County Water Authority, and Southern Nevada Water Authority discuss the need for improved pipeline leak detection methods.
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Seeking an Alternative to Raw Wood for Packaging and Fastening of Cargoes in Sea Transportation
UC RUSAL is looking for a new material to replace untreated raw wood and use it as a new packaging and fastening technology for its commodities during bulk transportation in ship’s holds and sea containers. The solution must provide a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly alternative that eliminates sanitary issues (e.g. insect or weed growth).
How Would You Use a Foldable Smartphone?
Foldable smartphones are on the horizon and their arrival will bring a multitude of new uses for your phone. Solvers are asked to envision and identify new use cases enabled by development of foldable smartphones.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Tracking Product Information at the Point of Sale
Inventory control is an essential part of supply chain management. By tracking the flow of goods from the manufacturer to the warehouse and finally to the point of sale, businesses can adjust their inventory to meet the demands of the customer. Salesmen benefit from product tracking, since it allows them to track a store’s inventory and focus upon consumer buying trends. Therefore, the Seeker desires a technology to retrieve information about a finished product at the point of sale.
AstraZeneca Challenge: Novel Approaches to Form and Particle Control a Crystalline Material
Solids can either be arranged in a repeating three-dimensional crystalline structure or in an amorphous state where there is no regular pattern. The crystalline form affects the solubility and the dissolution rate of a solid, thus the form influences the efficacy of the drug and must be carefully controlled during the manufacturing process. AstraZeneca is seeking collaboration partners who can identify novel technologies or approaches for the large-scale manufacture of a highly complex crystalline pharmaceutical material.