Malodor Counteracting Technology


  • Descriptive Overview
    Evidence shows that even when toilets exist, they are often not used due to their unpleasant smell. Over 200 compounds make up toilet odor, but four in particular drive what we perceive as “fecal odor”. The Firmenich Malodor Project highlights how Firmenich brought a multidisciplinary team of scientists together from Sensory and Cognitive Science to Receptor Biology in order to advance its expertise in malodor control. Throughout the project its experts conducted extensive fieldwork in cities and rural regions across India, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, to confirm the performance of their findings. These years of research resulted in the discovery of breakthrough malodor counteracting technologies that eliminate the foul odor associated with toilets in a cost-effective and sustainable way.
  • Use Case Details
    Firmenich is working with their clients and partners on a range of market products such as bleach powders and other cleaning products incorporating the malodor counteracting technology. These cleaning products could be used with any toilet configuration.
  • Use Cases
    • Urinal
    • Single-stall Toilet
    • Multi-stall Toilet
  • Application or Type
    • Malodor control
  • Currently in Active Development
  • Commercialization Status
    Seeking Licensees
  • Commercialization Activities
    Research published in the Flavour and Fragrance Journal in 2018 summarized rigorous testing in 2016-2017. Ongoing user insights and product testing anticipated in 2019 in partnership with clients to bring products to market. Firmenich is currently seeking partners for incorporation of their malodor control technology into localized products such as cleaning powders.
  • Intellectual Property Status
    Patent Granted
  • Technology Development Milestones
  • Available for Products
    TRL: 8 (2019)
    Seeking: Partners for incorporation into localized products such as cleaning powders
  • Linked Complete Systems
  • None linked