Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Controlled Activation of Oxygen Scavengers in Plastic Sheets

Request Number
Due Date
Jan 16, 2015
Program Manager

Nick Kacsandi


OPPORTUNITY: Depending on the nature of the proposed solution, this RFP could result in one or more of the following:  licensing, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement.



Phase 1 – Proof of Concept (4-6 months).

Phase 2 – Prototyping and optimization (12 months).

Phase 3 – Commercial scale-up (TBD).


Client’s exact timeline, financials and partnership opportunities may vary based on nature and maturity of the proposed solution.

RFP was closed on

RFP Title


Controlled Activation of Oxygen Scavengers in Plastic Sheets
RFP Description
NineSigma, representing a Global Manufacturer Seeking Packaging Solutions, invites proposals for technologies that control activation of oxygen scavengers that are integrated into a plastic packaging matrix until acted on by an external stimulus.

Oxygen scavengers are absorbent materials engineered for their high affinity for oxygen at standard room temperature conditions (humidity, temperature, etc.). In the client’s applications these materials can be integrated directly into the packaging material itself to prevent oxidation or spoilage of the contents. Traditionally, these materials start working upon contact with ambient air. However, this can result in issues related to premature activation and reduced efficacy in operations where environmental conditions may be highly variable. A variety of metal-based solutions are available, but have been found to be incompatible with standard quality control measures within industry that require the use of metal detectors.


The client seeks to identify technologies that will delay the activation of the scavenger material and allow for controlled activation. Novel approaches must be capable of integration with plastic packaging, yet still respond efficiently and reliably to a predetermined stimulus to initiate oxygen scavenging. Solutions are sought from collaborative partners across the landscape of academia, research, and industry.


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Provide supportive data to the feasibility of the solution and produce working prototype samples on pilot scale equipment for a selected application.  Conduct testing to determine efficacy of the solution.


Phase 2 – Based on viability of the technology, determine market applicability and produce representative samples on commercial scale equipment. Conduct product shelf life testing to determine efficacy of the solution in a target application.


Phase 3 – Develop plan to scale-up and commercialize the technology.


Criteria for Moving From Phase 1 to Phase 2

  • Full technical report that proves concepts supported with lab and production data.
  • References and related work experience.
  • Plan for optimization, scale-up and/or manufacturing.

Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Reduce oxygen level at the point of use: <0.1%
  • Provide easy means of measuring the efficacy of the oxygen scavenger.
  • Integrate with plastic thermoplastic packaging materials.
  • Activate only in response to a set stimulus. For example:
    • Temperature and humidity
    • Pressure
    • Microwave
    • UV light, laser, plasma, etc.
Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel oxygen scavengers.
  • Modifications to packaging materials, films, polymers or coatings.
  • Encapsulations, coatings or films that activate, catalyze, degrade or change configuration in response to a stimulus to expose the scavenger.
  • Approaches that combine multiple stimuli to achieve activation.
  • For example, a combination of high temperature (>85 degrees C) and humidity (>80%).
  • Approaches that can be adapted from industries or applications outside of packaging.
  • Approaches that can be adapted from use for other gases (carbon dioxide, ethylene, VOCs, etc.).

Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Solutions that cannot be adapted to polymer packaging.
  • Solutions that cannot be applied for oxygen scavenging.
  • Solutions that incorporate toxic materials or that cannot meet requirements for human contact.
  • Approaches that are incompatible with metal detection for quality control.
Items to be Submitted

To respond, please make sure you are registered in NineSights, as it will prompt you to log in. Then, use the Response options at the top or bottom of the page. You may submit supplemental files in addition to your completed response form.


Appropriate responses will use the response template and address the following:

  • High level, non-confidential, description of proposed technology including:
    • Working principle or knowledge base to support your approach
    • Availability of technical data.
    • Technology maturity (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized).
  • Pathway to industrial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture.
  • Estimated cost of technology (if available).
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references.
  • Desired relationship with sponsor.
  • Team description and related experience.


Other Request information includes:



Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:


You represent an organization with expertise in O2 scavenger technologies that should provide a solution for testing in the intended application.


You represent an organization specializing in polymer films with a solution that can be adapted to meet the requirements of this RFP.


You represent an organization with materials engineering research or capabilities that can provide a solution for development and prototyping.


You represent an organization with technology that should provide a solution but that requires further research and development to ready it for transfer to commercial use.

Area of Interest