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.
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:
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.