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Research & Development

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Air Liquide's Research & Development is at the head of a global ecosystem that enables us to carry out research work in collaboration with internationally renowned universities and also to develop our partnerships in developing economies to provide solutions to the society's future challenges. To complete this organisation, Air Liquide also has centers of expertise.

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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:

  • Science - producing molecules with high added value
  • Technologies - enriching our process portfolio for greater diversity
  • Understanding of usages - meeting the societal challenges of our clients and patients
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researchers

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R&D industrial partners

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academic partners

Connection to the ecosystem

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.

Open innovation

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.

Scientific territory

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).

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Worldwide locations

The Group has more than 1,100 researchers from 41 different nationalities. The R&D teams are spread over various sites in Europe, Asia and the United States, connected to world-renowned innovation ecosystems.

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Paris-Saclay Research Center
France

It is the largest R&D center of Air Liquide. More than 350 researchers work in 46 laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and experimental platforms to explore many areas of research. It aims to be the most innovative science and technology site in France, with tremendous potential for economic development on a global scale.

Paris-Saclay Research Center
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

Newark Research Center
Delaware - USA

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

Delaware Research and Technology Center
200 GBC Drive
Newark, DE 19702, USA
Phone: +1 302 286 5400

Shanghai Research Center
China

 

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

Inaugurated in February 2016, this center includes laboratories, offices, showrooms and pilot demonstration platforms that spread across 12,000 m². The building was designed in accordance with 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.

Air Liquide Shanghai Research and Technology Center
No. 1820 Guanghua Road, Minhang District
Shanghai 201108, China
Phone: +86 21 8035 5000

Frankfurt Research Center
Germany

The Frankfurt Research and Technology Center focuses on the development of innovative solutions for converting fossil or biomass raw materials into synthesis gas, hydrogen, fuels and chemicals.

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

Tsukuba Research Center
Japan

Our Japanese center supports the Group's subsidiaries in Japan, but also in remaining Asia, in developing solutions for the semiconductor, photovoltaic and flat panel industries. Its skills equally extend into new areas including the production, purification and analysis of gases with very high purity and chemical compounds.

Air Liquide Laboratories
28 Wadai, Tsukuba
Ibaraki 300-4247, Japan
Phone: +81 298 879 0050

Seoul 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

 

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Expertise centers

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.

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