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Applications for Novel Water Soluble Surfactant

Perhaps one of the most versatile and widely used products in the chemical industry, surfactants (or surface-active agents) are molecules which are capable of adsorbing across differing physical phases of a chemical mixture. High chemical versatility makes surfactants a vital component of a myriad of everyday products from ice-cream and mayonnaise to washing detergent and adhesives. The seeker has developed a novel surfactant molecule designed for application in aqueous environments which is currently utilised to remove burnt carbon deposits from metallic surfaces. The ability of a molecule to bind across different states of matter and reduce surface tensions between compounds could have underestimated worth within a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors. To expand the scope of this technology, the seeker is interested in identifying collaborative partners who could assist in developing alternative applications for this new and underexplored molecule. This is an electronic request-for-partners (eRFP) challenge. To apply, the solver must write a preliminary proposal of a maximum of four pages which includes supporting non-confidential information and relevant contact details. Proposals will then be evaluated by the seeker with selected solvers contacted to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed time frame.



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Introducing Global Crowd

We decided to create Global Crowd, a collective platform to showcase innovation challenge across a wide range of industries. The challenges we feature operate on a worldwide scale and feature seekers looking for simple ideas all the way to complex functioning projects. Innovation challenges, prizes, and competitions are an incredible opportunity for companies to draw on knowledge from a collective crowd and pursue new ideas. But the benefits of these programmes are often overlooked in terms of the innovators themselves. When an organisation releases an innovation challenge, it opens up and shares with the public an important problem. This information can be very useful in itself, as it allows innovators to develop propositions, solutions, technology, and research that is relevant and necessary. These developments can be like a window into the future — the next world leader of innovation could be among our ranks.