Strategic Allies Ltd.

Seeking effective means of eliminating malodours in the air and/or on surfaces

Posted by Strategic Allies Ltd.Responsive · Specific Technical Innovation · Project Size Range : 50,000 - 250,000 € · Deadline at 06/07/2019 · United Kingdom

Desired outcome

This European client is an established manufacturer of a range of consumer products, continually searching
for ways to enhance their users’ enjoyment of their products and the environment they are used in. For
many consumers, improving the air space they live, travel and work in has become more important, and using
traditional air fresheners are no longer sufficient, with a more effective, ‘invisible’, even natural solution
being required. Such solutions can be applied to consumer products to ensure the perception of clean air,
or be used to refresh the environment around the consumer when odours are apparent.
The client is searching for new and effective means of eliminating malodours in the air and/or on surfaces
(e.g. prevent the smell from lingering on clothes or skin), as residue can be deposited from the odours and
easily trapped in materials. Whilst many manufacturers solve this with simple masking of the compounds
with fragrances, our client is specifically looking for a solution which can trap the malodour when it is released
and convert it into another compound; hence eliminating the malodour and not allowing it to resurface when
the masking agent has worn off

Details of the Technology Call

We are therefore searching for innovative chemistry-based solutions that enable a variety of odours to be neutralised - this could be for use in the user’s car, home (e.g. kitchen/bathroom), workplace, etc. These could be reactive (to remove current smells) or preventative (prevent smells adhering) and sourced from (but not limited to) the following:-

Technologies using: ▪ Neutralisation ▪ Encapsulation ▪ Adsorption and absorption ▪ Odour conjugation ▪ Compounds such as Cyclodextrins, Cucurbiturils, zeolites, cationic resins, etc.


▪ Chemistry development companies specialising in encapsulation technologies (e.g. for drug delivery)

▪ Filter manufacturers (cars, extraction units, etc.)

▪ FMCG laundry/air freshener to treat sports odour, cooking smells, smoking, pet odours

▪ Landfill, agricultural, waste management, etc.

Any suitable solution should be:-

- Applicable for use on demand and/or applied as part of the manufacturing process, i.e. Spraying into the air or onto a surface as required, or to refresh an existing treated product, or oApplied to a surface (e.g. porous materials such as paper, textiles, non-wovens) by impregnation, liquid treatment or coating during manufacturing

- Available for testing (as finished product) or at least samples for proof of concept by the client

- Have some intellectual property (IP) or secret knowhow to protect the solution

- A non-irritant to skin and eyes

The client is interested in potential suppliers for such a chemical solution, or those willing to customise a technology for their individual applications (e.g. modify from a current industrial or commercial application). The company is willing to work with a wide variety of partners to deliver innovation into their product range. Private label opportunities are particularly interesting, as the client requires the functionality of such a product, but does not need to acquire the brand or compete with existing applications. The company is willing to consider all forms of collaboration, including licensing, supply only, joint development, etc., but may require exclusivity for some key consumer markets (to be shared once in direct contact). The client’s products are manufactured and sold worldwide, and so this offers an excellent commercial opportunity to increase revenue for any suitable technology

Related keywords

  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Indoor Air Pollution/Treatment
  • Electronics Related Market
  • Consumer related
  • Consumer Products
  • Air filters and air purification and monitoring equipment

About Strategic Allies Ltd.

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