Our research and development activities are at the heart of our Group's strategy. Air Liquide's R&D centers are strategically located in Germany, China, South Korea, the United States, France and Japan and based on 3 dimensions:
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To face energy and environmental issues and the acceleration of the digital revolution in hospital and home healthcare, our Research & Development centers provide solutions to address the society's future challenges. For this purpose, we develop collaborations with internationally renowned universities and intensify our partnerships in developing economies.
Air Liquide aims to help researchers around the world in their research and develop solutions that will offer sustainable technologies. That's why, in 2016, we created our scientific challenge which aims to develop our knowledge through diversified profiles by giving them the means to create new production processes and applications based on Essential Small Molecules.
Molecules have been at the heart of Air Liquide's activities since its creation, as our Group's signature "Oxygen Inspiration" (Creative Oxygen) underlines. Throughout our history, we have developed a wide range of technologies including new production processes and applications around these molecules, with the associated know-how, equipment and services. Today, the R&D centers are actively working to enrich our knowledge of molecules and encourage us to explore new horizons and better serve society.
Our 18 essential molecules are: oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), hydrogen (H2), carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4), argon (Ar), xenon (Xe), krypton (Kr), neon (Ne), helium (He), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrous oxide (N2O), acetylene (C2H2), ozone (O3), water (H2O), silane (SiH4).
Moreover, Air Liquide has centers of expertise which develop, adapt to the customers' needs and industrialize innovations from the Group: the ALTEC Networks, the Gas Packaging Center dedicated to industry and health, the Cryogenic Technology Center, and centers of expertise specializing in Healthcare, specialty ingredients and advanced electronics materials.