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Shaping tomorrow together with Science

At the heart of the Group’s innovation strategy, the R&D anticipates and meets the societal challenges and needs of its clients. The R&D teams design and develop new technologies and services in energy and environmental transition, changes in healthcare, and digitization. To make it possible, the R&D relies on two assets: its scientific expertise and its Innovation Campuses.

Scientific expertise

R&D is relying on science to build the future. Thanks to a strong expertise on Essential Small Molecules and its knowledge on data science, R&D has a wide range of competencies in:

  • material sciences
  • process engineering
  • life sciences 
  • chemistry
  • combustion
  • cryogenics
  • analytical sciences 

With its 200 scientific and industrial partners, R&D is actively working to enrich its knowledge of Small Essential Molecules to explore new horizons and thus provide solutions to the industry's future challenges.

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 (N2O), acetylene (C2H2), ozone (O3), water (H2O), silane (SiH4).

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The innovation Campuses

With 5 Innovation Campuses located on 3 continents, the R&D is well connected with key innovation ecosystems. It allows global management with local anchoring to adapt to the needs of our customers, for example, in Asia with laser-cutting, in the US with data science and cobotics, and in Europe with hydrogen mobility business and the technological roadmap.

The campuses host researchers, customers, business partners, start-up companies, and academics but also technical teams from other Air Liquide entities. The one in Paris even hosts a start-up accelerator called: Accelair.

They bring together all parties involved in the process of innovation, from both inside and outside Air Liquide, to blend skills and disciplines, facilitate collective intelligence, and accelerate the innovation. 

The R&D anticipates and meets the societal challenges and needs of its clients.

R&D innovates for the energy and environmental transitions. 

55% of R&D project spend linked to the energy & environmental transitions.

  • CO2 capture. The combustion step liberates CO2 molecules in the atmosphere. To reduce these emissions, our teams developed technologies enabling them to capture and store this CO2. We allow, at last, after chemical transformation to use these CO2 molecules again. We convert them into basic chemicals such as Olefins and Methanol.

R&D aims to ensure scientific excellence, leadership and skills in the fields of Data Science (AI, machine learning) and Decision Sciences (operations research, financial mathematics, game theory).

30% of all R&D projects apply digital in the scientific workflow (automated procedures for data handling, advanced physical & data-driven modeling...).

  • Digitalization of decision. The success of customer experience is at the heart of our performance. It has to be efficient, simple and customized. Our teams developed a tool that provides dispatch analytics and models of customer demands using data science. The tool enables us to provide extra-volumes of gases to our customers at specific times at the best prices.

R&D is involved throughout the healthcare pathway, from the hospital to the home, in order to develop new product and service offers for healthcare professionals and patients.

  • E-health for chronic patients. Improving the quality of life and care of patients at home is a significant global challenge, both socially and technologically. To contribute to this effort, R&D teams have rolled out a remote medical surveillance solution improving the home monitoring of patients with chronic diseases. This monitoring relies on the analysis of data transmitted by individualized connected medical devices.

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Worldwide locations

The Group has more than 1,300 researchers from 40 different nationalities. The R&D teams are spread over various sites in Europe, Asia, and the United States, connected to world-renowned innovation ecosystems.

Each Innovation Campus incorporates a prestigious community of experts and talents dedicated to designing new ways of using the properties of our Essential Small Molecules and developing innovative applications for our business partners and clients.

Innovation Campus Delaware (USA)

Located near Airgas headquarters, this Campus provides technical and innovation support to Air Liquide's activities, notably in the American markets. The Campus leverages the scientific and creative power of the North American territory through its academic and industrial partnerships.

Innovation Campus Delaware 
200 GBC Drive
Newark, DE 19702, USA
Phone: +1 302 286 5400

Innovation Campus Paris (France)

This Campus embodies the innovative approach of the Group, particularly for the energy and environmental transition, health and digital transformation. It includes the largest R&D Center of the Group, a building that has just been completely renovated, with 48 laboratories and experimental platforms, on 15 000m²

Since 2019, the Campus hosts Accelair, the deeptech start-up and companies accelerator by Air Liquide. Accelair hosts these start-ups on nearly 3,000 m² spread over 4 buildings and offers them access to shared experimentation and test facilities, but also a tailored acceleration program.

Innovation Campus Paris 
1, Chemin de la Porte des Loges
Les Loges-en-Josas - BP 126
78354 Jouy-en-Josas, France
Phone: +33 1 39 07 62 62

Innovation Campus Frankfurt (Germany)

This Campus focuses on the development of innovative solutions for converting fossil or biomass raw materials into synthesis gas, hydrogen, fuels and chemicals.

Innovation Campus Frankfurt 
Air Liquide Forschung und Entwicklung GmbH
Gwinnerstraße 27-33
60388 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 4011 201

Innovation Campus Shanghai (China)

In this Campus, our scientific experts work in several research fields including energy efficiency, technologies for reducing industrial CO2 emissions, water treatment and food preservation and freezing processes.

Inaugurated in 2016, this Campus includes laboratories, offices, showrooms, and pilot demonstration platforms that spread across 12,000 m². The building was designed according to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification, a global standard for sustainable construction, taking into account efficient water management, proper energy usage and the reduction of emissions.

Innovation Campus Shanghai 
No. 1820 Guanghua Road, Minhang District
Shanghai 201108, China
Phone: +86 21 8035 5000

Innovation Campus Tokyo (Japan)

The Campus develops advanced materials, especially for the manufacture of ‘next generation’ semiconductors, flexible displays, energy storage and distribution.

Innovation Campus Tokyo 
2-2  HikarinoOka, Yokosuka-Shi
Kanagawa 239 - 0847, Japan 
Phone: +81  46 895 2992

Research Center Korea

Founded in 2012, Air Liquide Laboratories Korea is located in the prestigious University of Yonsei in Seoul, benefiting from a privileged scientific environment. This Center provides technical and innovation support to the Group's subsidiaries in South Korea and around the world for the development of solutions for the semiconductor, photovoltaic and flat panel industries.

Air Liquide Laboratories Korea
Suite 176
Yonsei Engineering Research Park
50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu
Seoul 120-749, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 3019 2578