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The Royal Society of Chemistry is partnering with InnoCentive to provide you with an opportunity to tackle a variety of scientific and non-technical problems.

We recently launched our Open Innovation Pavilion on InnoCentive.com which features InnoCentive-customer Challenges that seek innovative solutions.

Do you have a possible solution to one of the Challenges below?

Anyone can submit solutions, with cash awards on offer for the winning Solvers. Click on the links below to unlock new routes to collaboration and to help address some of the greatest Challenges facing our world today.

Featured Challenges:

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Enel Challenge: Replacing a Coagulant for Water Treatment

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AWARD: $10,000 USD
DEADLINE: 9/15/16

LAluminum sulfate Al2(SO4)3 is used as a coagulant in a water treatment process to obtain clarified water. The clarified water is further directed to demineralization (for feed boilers). While aluminum sulfate is effective in achieving the desired result, its use is associated with unacceptably high aluminum content in wastewater (> 0.04 mg/dm3 soluble aluminum). The Seeker for this Challenge is looking for an effective coagulant/process to cost-effectively treat the water without the negative side effect of high aluminum content in the effluent water. This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

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Expansion Technologies for Food Materials

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AWARD: $15,000 USD
DEADLINE: 8/17/16

Currently, it is possible to process high starch to protein ratio food like corn, rice and wheat to expand and “puff-up” the material to make a crunchy texture in a shape similar to the original. These processes do not work on low starch to protein ratio, more dense, high fiber and oily food materials like seeds and nuts. The Seeker would like to find processes that could accomplish this expansion on such more nutritious foods that are relatively higher in protein, fiber and fat than commonly expandable starchy grains and seeds. This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

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Cost–effective, Large–scale Production of Natural Leaf Alcohol (cis–3‑hexenol)

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AWARD: $30,000 USD
DEADLINE: 8/19/16

Leaf alcohol (cis–3–hexenol) is a fragrant compound naturally produced by plants widely used in the flavor and fragrance industry. Hence, good manufacturing processes that can meet this high demand are needed. Do you have a process to manufacture natural cis–3–hexenol at an industrial scale and in the most cost–effective manner possible?

This is a Reduction–to–Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental data, and sample delivery.

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SUEZ Challenge: Seeking Processes for Profitable Recovery of Sulfates from Wastewater

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AWARD: $15,000 USD
DEADLINE: 9/11/16

Current methods to recover sulfates from wastewater streams are limited in their capability to work in challenging industrial conditions and/or to generate a new revenue stream from the recovered sulfates. Hence, SUEZ is looking for a solution to solve these two limitations.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

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Novel Treatment Approaches to Acne

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AWARD: $15,000 USD
DEADLINE: 8/31/16

Acne is a skin condition that is estimated to affect nearly 10% of people worldwide. Since the skin is highly visible to others, people with acne often suffer low self–esteem because of their appearance. Although treatments are available, patients struggle with demanding dosing regimens and low levels of efficacy, especially those with moderate to severe acne. Therefore, the Seeker is looking for novel treatment approaches to improve acne patients‘ lives.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

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"Clean Label" Humectants for Snack Foods

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AWARD: $10,000 USD
DEADLINE: 8/10/16

The Seeker is looking for an alternative humectant than those traditionally used in the food industry. They need materials and processes to be food safe. Ingredients would be preferably natural and considered "clean label".

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

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GSK & Save the Children: $1M Healthcare Innovation Award Targeting Children Who Are Hardest to Reach

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AWARD: See Details
DEADLINE: 9/07/16

GSK and Save the Children are committed to working together to help save the lives of one million children. As part of the global partnership between GSK and Save the Children, we are pleased to announce the launch of the fourth annual Healthcare Innovation Award which will provide USD$ 1 million to reward organisations practicing innovative approaches for increasing and improving access to healthcare for children who are the hardest to reach. The organisations judged to extend the reach of health systems in the most innovative and effective ways will be eligible for an Award of up to USD$ 400,000.

Eligible innovative organisations can come from the non-profit, private or public sector, if both the organisation and the innovation are from the developing world. Nominations can be submitted by the organisation themselves, or an organisation may be nominated by a third-party organisation or individual, through a brief questionnaire found within the detailed guidelines.

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