The Seeker is looking for compounds and chemistry to deactivate metal ions in lubricants, in order to prevent their catalytic effect that leads to oxidation and degradation of lubricants.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Metal ions catalyse oxidation reactions leading to a faster degradation of lubricants, their performance and, ultimately, the performance of engines. These species act as catalysts for the initiation stage of the oxidation process, leading to free-radical chain reactions. Hence, it is important to prevent their catalytic activity.
Therefore, the Seeker is looking for compounds and chemistry to deactivate metal ions in lubricants, in order to prevent oxidation and degradation.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 8, 2017.
Late submissions will not be considered.
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
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