TECH NEED

Seeking Functional Inks for Safety, Freshness, Security and Authentication labels

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Materials - Nano Materials
Chemicals - Coatings & Paints
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TN174382

Background/Description

A Singapore based company is seeking for materials and/or chemical compounds that can be incorporated into labels and on the packagings of goods. The application areas are diverse, it includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  1. Overt or covert security labels for high value products
  2. Anti-counterfeiting features for high value goods
  3. Shelf-life limited items which once exposed to environment will deteriorate
  4. Food freshness indicators for food, such as fresh produce

The company is using various printing means to offer print media, such as, holograms to their clients. They are familiar with traditional printing technologies, such as, flexograph, letterpress, silkscreen and digital printing techniques. They have the capability to provide functional printing in the areas of microfluidics and conductive inks as well. Any proposed solutions should be compatible with these printing techniques.

Technology Specification

  • The solution that is sought could be a material or chemical compound.
  • It can be a nanoparticle or micro-scale particles or equivalent, with the ability to function and applied as required.
  • The solution would be applied by printing techniques, and thus needs to be compatible with common ink solvents and ink particles.
  • They should be sensitive to external stimuli, such as temperature, moisture, UV, IR, gases - Methane, ammonia, ethylene, etc., so that when exposed to these stimuli, the particles will react immediately and provide indications of the presence of the stimuli.
  • These responses should be easily detectable by low cost means, such as visual, physical, or color change. It is preferable not to use special detectors or transducers to detect such responses. 
  • The technology should be compatible with substrates, such as paper, PP, HDPE, LDPE, PET, PETE, PVC, i.e. plastic that are commonly used by the company.

WHAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN

Solutions that require externally-powered detectors will not be considered.

Preferred Business Model

  • IP Acquisition
  • Licensing
  • R&D Collaboration
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