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R&D competences
and expertises

Within the Scientific Direction, Global Labs establish the technological roadmaps and develop research projects in partnerships with universities and companies, in line with our open innovation program. In total, more than 60% of our R&D projects are conducted as part of public-private partnerships.

Improve industrial competitiveness and minimizing energy consumption

Process engineering

Improving the industrial competitiveness while minimizing energy consumption, optimizing capital costs, manufacturing yield, reliability, and while ensuring operating safety:

  • Cryogenic production of air and rare gases
  • Methane reforming to produce hydrogen and syngas
  • Chemical conversion of syngas and hydrogen to produce fuel and chemicals
  • Separation and purification processes - adsorption, absorption, distillation, membranes

Design and manufacturing

Skills and expertise for the implementation of new manufacturing processes and technologies such as:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Collaborative robotics
  • Industrial vision
  • Ergonomics
Develop gas applications involving biology

Life sciences

Development of gas applications relying on biology and food sciences. Cryogenics and gas injection skills, combined with industrial expertise, enable to develop innovative technologies and processes that require gases, such as:

  • Water treatment
  • Paper pulp production
  • Biofuel production
  • Food preservation and freezing
Laboratoire photovoltaïque du CRCD
Processing and coating of surfaces in the electronics is essential

Fine chemical synthesis and surface science

A unique pool of skills dedicated to surface treatment and coating required in the following industries: electronics, photovoltaics, LED, glass coating.

  • Synthesis of organic and organometallic compounds
  • Study of material interfaces and plasma processes
  • Development of new processes
  • Deposition
Laboratoire combustion du CRCD
Develop effective applications for customers


Development of processes and design of specific burners for oxycombustion to create efficient applications for customers. By replacing air with oxygen, the oxycombustion process enables industrial players to reduce their CO2 and NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions, such emissions are harmful to mankind and the environment.

Laboratoire Science des Matériaux du CRCD
Improve efficiency, lifetime, reliability and safety of processes and applications

Material science

With a good knowledge of materials and their behavior, and by mastering their properties, we can increase processes’ and applications’ efficiency, lifetime, reliability, and safety, as well as deliver new offers:

  • Optimization of functional materials
  • Surface functionalization
  • Manufacturing technologies and their impact on material properties
  • Compatibility of materials with their environment
  • Mechanical properties and integrity of structural materials
Get information on the composition and nature of samples

Analytical science

Study of the separation, identification and quantification of gases, liquids and solids. Development and application of new or existing methods, instrumentation and strategies to obtain information about the composition and nature of the sample:

  • Development of mixtures for environmental compliance
  • Tolerance improvement in gas mixtures for optimized processes
Provide more security, performance and open new markets

Applied mathematics

Development of innovative solutions supporting supply chain optimization, production units, and connected devices. Skills dedicated to delivering increased safety and performance, and opening new markets:

  • Process advanced control
  • Operational research and logistics
  • Data analysis
  • Embedded intelligence, sensors
  • Digital modeling and simulation

Healthcare, a dedicated medical team

Our approach in medical R&D brings together physicians, engineers, pharmacists, lung experts, specialists in anesthesiology and in pain management.

Our interdisciplinary team work in fundamental and exploratory research, manage international pre-clinical and clinical studies in different fields: respiratory, anesthesiologists, analgesia.

m-Lab community

Launched in October 2015, the m-Lab (molecule-Lab) is the Air Liquide scientific community dedicated to the Essential Small Molecules territory.

i-Lab, Innovation Lab