Partnering opportunity

Innovative and environment-friendly synthesis of polycrystalline boron phosphide

Summary

A French Technology Transfer Office (TTO) has developed a new innovative methods of synthesis of boron phosphide using two processes. These two processes enable to synthesize nanopowders with high purity (>97%), from readily available and non-toxic reagents. The French TTO is seeking for licence agreement, technical cooperation agreement or research cooperation agreement.

Partner sought

Considering the following but not limited potential applications : - wear parts, - wear-resistant coatings, - cutting tools, The partner sought could be a company or an R&D institution interested by : - a license agreement for exclusive or non-exclusive rights in the above-listed applications with companies or subcontractors working on boron material by sintering or mechanical machining, or - a research cooperation agreement to develop innovative solutions on the basis of the actual technology with companies or R&D institutions working on boron powder synthesis using mecanochemistry, or - a technical cooperation agreement with companies workining on boron material synthesis or machining, whereby resources of the proposer and the client would be pooled and skills would be shared to further the development of the industrial potential of the technology.

Description

The French Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is acting on behalf of an established public laboratory of a Paris region university. The later has developed two innovative and scalable synthesis processes of boron phosphide, which don't need any toxic regaent and is less energy consuming. * Market challenges Boron phosphides can be used in automotive, mechanical engineering and mining as cutting tools, construction part or wear resistant coatings. Boron phosphides (BP and B12P2) are characterized by high hardness (Hv > 30GPa), low density, high thermal conductivity and a high thermal and chemical stability (up to 1500K in air). However, these promising two materials are not yet industrially used because of the lack of mass production method. *State of the art : Currently polycrystalline boron phosphides powders are traditionally synthesized by slow processes requiring toxic and aggressive reagents and high energy. Indeed, the direct reaction between boron and phosphorus is performed in sealed silica tubes under phophorus pressure and heating (>1400°K) during several hours. Besides, BP powder is prepared from boron using a metallic sodium as a reductant. FInally, Boron phosphide crystals are obtained using crystallization using metal solutions or chemical vapour reaction using sulphur. * Proposed technology : Two new approaches of producing boron phosphide powders have been discovered and patented. These 2 processes, SHS (Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis) and mecanochemistry, enable to synthesize either BP or B12P2 nanopowders with high purity(>97%), from readily available and non-toxic reagents. The potential applications are : - Wear parts - Wear-resistant coating - Cutting tools * Proposed partnership: - license agreement for exclusive or non-exclusive rights in specific applications, or - research cooperation agreement to develop innovative solutions on the basis of the actual technology, or - technical cooperation agreement whereby resources of the proposer and the client would be pooled and skills would be shared to further the development of the industrial potential of the technology.

Advantages and innovations

These new fast, safe, reproducible and scalable synthesis now enable the development of a wide use of boron phosphides without toxic and aggressive reagents and high energy which is the state of the art. The competitive advantages are: - Rapid synthesis : fast thermal initiation (<10sec) and combustion (<30sec) for a 10g-portion of the raw material using SHS process, fast crushing (<10min) for a 10g-portion of the raw material using mecanochemistry. - Nontoxic and available low-cost reagents - High reproducibility : checked on purity level, lattice parameter and size. - High purity of the synthetized product (>97%)

Development stage

Prototype available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Patents granted


Register your interest

How it works

  • Tell us about yourself
  • We’ll discuss with you
  • We put the right partners in touch

EEN help you find the right partner, rather than you going it alone.

Our role is to review and collate the most suitable submissions, and then send them to the client who posted the opportunity. We consult with you, and the client, to make the process professional and easy.

These are live opportunities. Your registration of interest on the site is just like a professional approach to a business at a networking event. To stand the best chance of success, make your submission really sing. Sell why the client who posted the opportunity should work with you. Excite them. Ask questions. Try and avoid copy and pasting words from elsewhere.

Once the client has chosen their partner, we'll introduce them over email and keep in touch with both parties to see how it's going. Sometimes things progress quickly. Sometimes because of changing priorities for either party, things progress slowly, but you never know - your next big business break could start right here.

?What value does EEN add?
This is your pitch: remember to include your unique selling points (USP) and why someone would want to do business with you
Tell us why you are a good fit for this opportunity, and why you think you're the right people for this partnership
If there's anything additional, or commercially sensitive you'd like to know about this opportunity, please let us know

When you entered your email address above, we emailed you a code to verify you're human and have access to that account.

?What's this?

What next?

To finish up, we just need some extra details about you and your company