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High-Birefringence Optical Material

A high-birefringence optical material suitable for implementation in optical systems is sought. This material has several qualities of interest beyond high birefringence: high hardness, making it amenable to standard polishing and manufacturing processes; low CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion); low CTRI (coefficient of thermal refractive index); low absorption at 1.55 micrometers; and reasonable bulk density. A material is sought that can be processed and handled using standard techniques.

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Orthobiologics to Treat Spine-Related Diseases

This organization seeks new orthobiologic technologies that stimulate bone growth, provide a growth scaffolding, and promote bone healing through osteoinduction (bone formation is actively induced) and osteoconduction (where a scaffold facilitates bone repair passively) in spinal fusion repairs. They are also seeking FDA-approved elastic materials with strength and stiffness close to cortical bone.

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Frizzy Hair Control

Materials and compounded products are sought that, when deposited on hair from a leave-on or rinse-off conditioner, will control frizzy hair and leave a positive feel to the hair. Any solution must be non-toxic and safe for use by children. It should neither produce environmental difficulties in its use or manufacture, nor affect the stability of the formulated product to which it is added. Additionally, it should not interfere with other benefits delivered. Possible materials include associative or cross-linked polymers, silicones, and non-polar oils.

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Eliminate Color Fading in Washable Cotton Garments

Cotton garments, especially dark-colored garments, lose their initial color through repeated washings and exposure to sunlight. Needed is a new technology or technology system that will give cotton garments improved color fastness, but which does not depend just on using a more expensive dye with higher fastness. Such a treatment could take place during one of the several stages in the manufacture of cotton garments.

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Flame-Resistant Fastening Between Two Fabrics

A flame-resistant fastening between two fabrics is sought, and must be simple to operate. The connection should resist frequent flexing, and must have a breaking strength of 120 kilogram-force. If folded cross-wise, it must withstand 40 kilogram- force, and may need to stand up to direct flame for 50 seconds or more. The resulting connection between the fabrics must be aesthetically pleasing. When subjected to flame, the connection cannot emit any toxic fumes.

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New Coating Chemistries with Excellent Outdoor Durability

A multinational advanced materials company is seeking wet coating technologies that show excellent weathering and durability. The coatings need to be applied to glass substrates. The coating needs to have excellent outdoor durability in excess of 10 years, have a hardness of at least 2H, and be optically transparent (<1.0% haze might be acceptable). As well as the coatings being suitable for application in a solution, they also need to be able to be used as a binder or cross-linking component of coatings.

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Technologies to Enhance Moisture, Vapor Transmission

A company is looking for environmentally inert methods to change the moisture management properties of conventional apparel textiles. The moisture management effect changes the way in which water vapor, moisture, and other liquids move through textiles, and can be activated via pH, temperature, or rising moisture levels. The solution would be applied in the presence of a surfactant. The effect does not have to be durable because the solution permits reapplication.

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