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Seeking Effective Ways to Combat Malodours on Surfaces in Household Area

Background / Description

Malodour is defined as an olfactory stimulant that when detected is considered to be offensive to the individual. Common malodours are often attributed to poor personal hygiene and can include halitosis, damp dog smells, tobacco smells, bathroom odours as well as damp clothing. Depending on the type and source of odour, specific solutions against it are necessary. The fight against malodours in the household area is time and energy consuming. For many consumers, common ways such as masking of odour with fragrances are no longer adequate and more effective solutions are required.

Therefore, the client is searching for solutions that can be applied to consumer products to ensure long-term effectiveness in malodour control, especially focusing on new and effective means of eliminating malodours on soft surfaces (e.g. preventing the smell from lingering on clothes or fabrics), as odours can be deposited and easily trapped in these materials. They are specifically looking for a solution which contains active molecules that can attract and eliminate malodours completely and permanently.

Technical Specifications

The client is searching for innovative chemistry-based solutions that enable a variety of odours to be neutralised during known household applications. These solutions could be reactive (to remove current odours), preventative (prevent odour formation) or protective (hinders odours from adhering). They can be sourced from, but not limited to, the following technologies:

  • Odour neutralisers
  • Odour absorbers
  • Odour converters
  • Odour magnets
  • Odour trappers
  • Odour conjugation
  • Odour elimination


Any suitable solution must be:

  • Applicable on soft surfaces (e.g. textiles, non-wovens, fabrics) by liquid treatment based on aqueous solutions
  • Biodegradable, environmentally friendly

What we are not interested in

Physical fiber modifications or pretreatment of the individual threads before the fabric is made.

Preferred Business Model

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

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