yet2 is seeking thickeners or gelling agents that have the potential to be used in hydrocarbon-based solvents that must withstand a wide range of temperatures (from -40 °C to 180 °C). There is interest in learning about various types of thickening chemistries, but the primary focus will be on polymer-based agents. Such agents are anticipated to be added to slightly-polar hydrocarbons, and undergo a complex manufacturing process (incl. thermal treatment). The resulting formulation should have a gel or toothpaste-like consistency.
The thickening agents should be:
- Polymer or macromolecule. Composition: ideally C, H, N or O only. No metals.
- Soluble in slightly-polar hydrocarbon solvent
- Safe to handle and store
- With development stage indications: availability, manufacturability, supply possibilities, annual volume production and costs.
The resulting paste-like system should be:
- Temperature resistant: operating temperature from – 40 °C up to 180 °C.
- Hydrophobic (water repellent)
- Stress resistant
Possible Technology Solution Areas:
Possible solutions may be currently used (or in later development stage) in the Food&Beverage, Personal Care, Paint and Coatings industries, but also Biomedical or Oil and Gas industries.
Potential approaches may include (but are not limited to):
- Polysaccharides-based gelling agents
- Rheology modifiers
- Cartilage/joint lubricating gels and components