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Group IV-VI Compound Containing Graphitic Anode With Catalyst For Lithium-Ion Batteries
Graphitic anodes used in present generation lithium-ion batteries are cheap and provide a stable platform for Li-ion storage over low-high current densities over long charge-discharge cycles. However, they are limited to a low Li-storage capacity due to the simple insertion/de-insertion process. This technology relates to a new lithium-ion battery anode with enhanced performance. The technology owner is looking for potential licensees to commercialise this technology.
Conductive Carbon Coated Polymer For High Temperature Lithium-Ion Battery Shutdown
This technology relates to a lithium-ion battery with an improved electrode with automatic shutdown function. The technology owner has developed a method to generate a 3D printing ink to deposit a layer of thermal sensitive polymer, which can be implemented into the traditional battery production process to solve the thermal failure of the lithium ion battery. The technology owner is looking for potential licensees to commercialise this technology.
Modular Sanitary Device for Electroproduction of Ozonated Water with Sanitising Properties
With the recent surge in various kinds of pathogens and viruses, there has been a strong demand for hygiene-focused products globally. This is especially true for water, with increasing fear of pathogen being spread via unsanitary water. Ozone dissolved in water, or more commonly known as ozonated water, has been used to produce safe drinking water at water purification plants because of ozone's sanitising properties. However, conventional gas dissolution methods have limited the applications because it is difficult to incorporate both safe ozone production and ozone dissolution into water in the same small product. This technology offer is a modular sanitary device that is able to electro-produce ozonated water for sanitisation. This device can, on-demand, instantaneously generate ozonated water via electrolysis. The ability for on-demand generation circumvents the problem where ozonated water loses its sanitising properties over time. Furthermore, this modular device be easily designed to have variable performance depending on the number of devices connected and the control of current and flow rate. Therefore, they can be easily designed to be integrated into existing products (e.g. household water purifiers etc.) Lastly, this device can efficiently dissolve ozone in water as well which addressed the dissolution problems faced in other systems.
Adsorbent for Low Concentration & Room Temperature Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide
In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for carbon dioxide (CO2) adsorbents due to climate change. These materials can be used for CO2 capture in both flue gas and directly from the air which can mitigate and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The current conventional CO2 adsorbents includes alkaline salts, aqueous amine solution and metal organic frameworks (MOF). However, these materials are expensive (MOF) and suffers from problems such as heat generation (alkaline salt) to energy intensive post-adsorption recovery (aqueous amine solution) which severely limits its wide scale adoption. This technology offer is an amino-based resin adsorbent for low concentration and ambient temperature CO2 adsorption and desorption. This adsorbent is capable of adsorbing low concentrations of CO2 in air at room temperature and generates little heat when adsorbing CO2. It is also possible to capture CO2 from flue gas in the same manner as well. In addition, the regeneration (release of CO2) of the adsorbent can be performed at low temperature with significantly less energy consumption than existing materials.


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Seeking Marine Engineering Expertise for Offshore Seaweed Farming Platform
Seaweed or macroalgae are aquatic plants that anchor to hard surfaces to grow and are usually found on the ocean floor. Seaweed farming is the fastest growing sector within marine aquaculture with a global market worth of USD 15 billion in 2021 with a CAGR of 7.5% from 2021 to 2028. It is a versatile raw ingredient that can be applied to functional foods, animal feed, biomaterials, personal care products, fertilizers, nutraceuticals, and pharmaceuticals, and even serves as an environmental remediation method. Moreover, it is a carbon-negative crop that has a high potential for climate change mitigation through carbon capture. To go beyond farming at a smallholder scale, there is a need to look at farming at an industrial scale to meet the burgeoning demands in the global market. Based in Singapore, the technology seeker is a company in the aquaculture sector and they are seeking co-development partners to provide marine engineering expertise to develop a platform for industrial-scale offshore seaweed farming. Preferably, the tech provider should have experience in food production/farming systems on an industrial scale in coastal waters. Depending on the collaborators’ preference and further negotiations, the modes of partnership that could be considered include R&D collaboration, technology licensing, and IP acquisition. The technology seeker prefers technology owners with a presence and available technical professionals in Singapore to support this pilot project. Overseas-based technology owners would be considered as well on a case-by-case basis.
Seeking Solutions to Control the Passage of Gases and Liquids in a Device
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.
Seeking Automated Corrosion Grading and Dimensional Measurement for Construction Steel
In the construction industry, foundation steel solutions are used in a variety of applications ranging from waterfront to underground development projects. The application conditions typically lead to a deterioration in the steel condition following some duration in service. Particularly for temporary structures, such steel structural items (e.g., sheet piles, beams, channels) when retrieved from use may vary in condition, exhibiting signs of deterioration such as rust, pitting or dents. It is desired to be able to rapidly and effectively assess and characterise the steel items’ condition in order to determine their re-usability or disposal. A Singapore-based steel solutions company is seeking solvers capable of developing an AI-enabled mobile app solution to capture, process and analyse the condition of steels, for the following tasks (in order of priority): Rust grading – Capture, process and analyse photos of physical structural steel items (e.g., sheet piles, beams, channels). Grade the rust condition in accordance with a pre-determined tiering Counting – To accurately count the number of physical steel items housed within a storage yard. Items are largely standardized parts but may comprise of several different types stored in a stack/pile Dimensional Measurement and Geometrical Analysis – To measure the external dimensions of the physical steel items, and identify the presence of defects such as warpage, deflections, pitting The preferred collaboration mode is to co-develop a POC solution for evaluation followed by operational scale-up.
Seeking Fermentation Technologies for Sustainable Food Production
Fermentation is one of the oldest technologies used in food processing and the technology has been gaining limelight in recent years due to modern applications. With Singapore’s ’30 by 30’ goal to produce 30% of our nutritional needs locally and sustainably by 2030, and in line with consumer megatrends such as healthy (functional, natural) consumption and advocation for animal rights, fermentation technologies could help to address these issues. There is interest to seek out technology owners who have novel and proven fermentation technologies that can be used for the production of food and feed or to valorise food waste from side streams as low-cost feedstocks to manufacture value-added products as part of closing the food waste loop. These technologies should be available for technology collaborations. The modes of technology collaborations are: R&D collaboration, IP licensing and acquisition. Suitable technologies can be placed as Technology Offers on the IPI portal, subject to internal curation and review. 

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