Controlling Runaway Heat in Exothermic Chemical Reactions

47 Submissions
$25,000 USD
Challenge under evaluation

Challenge overview


This Challenge is looking for novel methods to control exotherm (runaway heat) caused by self-propagating Diels-Alder reactions in industrial settings.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Exothermic reactions can be challenging in chemical manufacturing because they require careful temperature control. Of special concern are exothermic chemical systems that operate using Diels-Alder (D-A) chemistry because they are less amenable to safety approaches developed for other exothermic reactions.

Methods to control runaway heat in the D-A system do exist, but they’re ineffective, disruptive, and costly. This Challenge is, therefore, looking for novel, more effective, less costly, and less disruptive safety approaches to control exotherm caused by self-propagating D-A reactions.  

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon the theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 17, 2023.

Late submissions will not be considered.

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