Overview:

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.

Guidelines/Constraints:

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