TECH NEED

Seeking Solutions to Control the Passage of Gases and Liquids in a Device

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Environment, Clean Air & Water - Filter Membrane & Absorption Material
Materials - Ceramics & Glass
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
United Kingdom
ID NUMBER:
TN174437

Background/Description

The tech seeker is an established manufacturer of electronic and consumer devices is seeking to improve the performance of their products and provide an enhanced experience for their users. Some products are required to allow the flow of gases and liquids internally and there is currently an issue controlling this movement. Specifically, the device needs to allow the flow of gases in one direction and prevent the movement of liquids in the opposite direction. Solutions already exist in the apparel and other industries for this purpose, but typically employ fluorinated textiles to achieve the breathable and hydrophobic functionality, or require significant gas/air pressure to operate. The company is not able to use such fluorinated materials in its devices and air flow can’t be impacted, therefore the client is actively searching for alternative and next generation solutions that could selectively control the passage of gases and liquids.

The tech seeker is open to R&D collaborations with companies that have interesting technologies meeting their criteria but may need further help with development.

Technology Specification

The client is interested to identify potential solutions that could selectively control the passage of gases and liquids. These solutions could include materials, coatings and/or one-way valve or venting technologies with the following requirements:

  • Prevent the passage of water-like liquid through the resulting component
  • Allow the passage of air/gases and not impact pressure drop (ΔP ≤ 9mmWg)
  • Be free of fluorinated or halogenated compounds
  • Fit within a small device (less than 10mm in diameter)
  • Allow the mass production and further assembly into small devices

Solutions suitable for use in medical, pharmaceutical and/or consumer devices with applicable REACH / RoHS / FDA / GRAS approvals are preferred e.g. materials such as silicone and PEEK.

Ideally, the proposed technologies would be commercially available globally or close to commercialisation within the next 18 months. 

WHAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN

Fluorinated materials

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture)
  • IP Acquisition
  • Licensing
  • Others
  • R&D Collaboration