Environmental Defense Fund is seeking a solution to the problem of agricultural nitrate pollution. Concepts for systems to capture or concentrate nitrates from agricultural field drainage are required.
Currently between 50% and 80% of fertilizer applied to commercial crops in the U.S. is not absorbed by the plants and is instead lost to water and air, causing dangerous environmental and health impacts in a growing number of watersheds around the country.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
The Seeker is looking for novel materials or composite material structures that combine absorption with superior fit to body contours and good skin feel. The material or composite should be amenable for use in mass-manufactured disposable products.
This Challenge seeks to identify novel and efficient processes for the production of commercial quantities (>5,000 MT/year) of vinyl glycine (2-amino-3-butenoic acid) or its hydroxy analogue (2-hydroxy-3-butenoic acid). Both non-stereoselective and stereoselective (forming the l-enantiomer) routes are of interest.
The Seeker desires a method (preferably one-pot, but two-step is also acceptable) for the catalytic conversion of lactic acid (or its readily accessible derivatives) to acrylic acid. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop an environmentally friendly route to produce acrylic acid (currently produced from fossil fuels) from a renewable resource (lactic acid).
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.Read Challenge Details for Challenge 9932606
The Seeker desires a new, more efficient synthesis of the target bicyclo[3.1.0]ketone shown. While this structure depicts a specific protecting-group scheme (t-Bu esters and Boc amine), this particular protecting group scheme is not important, and core structures with other acid and amine protection will be considered.
The Seeker is looking for methods to reduce the energy consumption in industrial food preparation processes.
This is an Ideation Challenge so your creativity and experience qualify you to participate in this Challenge. Submissions are not length limited, but normally good Ideation submissions are 3-5 pages in total length. The Seeker welcomes ideas from a variety of disciplines and industries.