Idea Rally

Matrix Release Idea Rally®


What a great success! 230 ideas were explored and more than 2,300 comments were posted by 91 participants. The sponsor is very happy.
Awards will be anounced very shortly.

Cash Awards of $10,000

1ST PLACE: Charles John Bhaskar
2ND PLACE: Marcelo Melo
3RD PLACE: H.D. (anonymous by request)

Charles John Bhaskar
Abdulquadri Oyinlola
Prabhakar Sharma
Ian Watkins
Cole Santos


An Idea Rally® is an online gathering of the best and brightest minds, coming together to make a collaborative effort to explore and discuss topics that are important to our world. Awards are given not only for ideas, but for contributing to the discussion. This IdeaConnection Idea Rally® is for the following topic:

Release from the Matrix:
A Chemistry Challenge

How can we improve the release
of a volatile material from a matrix?

We need YOU!

We are challenging you to collaborate with other participants to come up with novel, disruptive, even downright crazy ideas on how to help us improve the release of material from a matrix:

We have a low molecular weight, hydrophobic volatile compound embedded in a matrix composed of multiple materials. This hydrophobic compound is incorporated in the matrix through mechanical mixing. The matrix is highly viscous, malleable, does not dissolve in water or an aqueous solution, and stays intact after repeated deformation under shear stress.

The volatile material embedded in this matrix does not evaporate under dry conditions, but has a controlled released from the matrix into an aqueous system under shear conditions. However, under this current system, a significant amount of the volatile material stays trapped in the matrix.

You can participate as much or as little as you would like!

The challenge is to produce an analogous system with the same physical properties to improve the release of most or all of the volatile compound trapped in the matrix.

Your task is through collaborative discussion with other participants, come up with ideas on potential solutions to this problem. We are interested in hearing existing ideas from various industries (below), completely novel ideas, and even “just so crazy it just might work!” ideas.

  • Oil and Gas
  • Chemical
  • Pharma
  • Cosmetic
  • Polymers, plastics, rubbers
  • Geology
  • Food industry
...and others

Because this is a true collaboration, participants will be awarded for the best contribution to the discussion, not necessarily for the best idea. So, post your ideas, help others make their ideas better, point out where they can be improved, and help push the discussion forward.

A gathering of top minds can be a powerful thing – let’s solve this!

Sign up Below to Secure your Spot

The Rally starts
Monday, July 30, 2018 at 5am Pacific Time
and ends
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

Enter ideas, vote ideas up or down, comment on ideas, vote comments up or down. Sign up now to secure your spot, and you will be reminded by email on the start date.

There is no time commitment on your part. You can join the group whenever, and how often you wish. The sponsors will choose the winners, and they will be announced on this site as well as contacted directly.