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Scientific partnerships of excellence

Open innovation strengthens R&D’s scientific and technological expertise. We partner with industrial players, SMEs and startups, as well as with research labs, technology institutes with whom we share objective of designing gas solutions answering customers & society needs.


Air Liquide R&D set up solid relations within the French and German innovation ecosystems. It is now intensifying its collaborations in european ecosystems to grow open innovation on this continent.

CNRS (Paris, France): within the Strategic Agreement renewed in 2013, collaborations are going on with 28 laboratories in France, such as in Limoges, in the field of ceramic materials, with the LRGP, in Nancy, in the field of process engineering and with the IR4M for the study of O2 Helium mixture properties.

CEA (Paris, France): within the Strategic Agreement signed in 2014, 8 collaborations have been launched associating CEA competences in robotics, material modeling, sensors, hydrogen systems with Air Liquide team competences in Industrial & Medical gas systems.

  • Air Liquide and CEA LETI are partnering within a joint lab to develop advanced gases & technologies for the semiconductor industry
  • Air Liquide is participating to the IDEAs Laboratory in Grenoble (France) together with other CEA partners

Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (Paris, France): new medical indications for noble gases are under exploration in in vitro models on neurodegenerative diseases.

With INRIA, IRPHE Lab from Aix-Marseille University and Ecole Polytechnique (France), Air Liquide is investigating gas processes of the Respiratory system.

Friedrich Alexander University (Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany): development of specific expertise in a Multi-Level Reactor Design (MLRD) method to design the optimal reaction system of a chemical process.

Technical University Vienna (Vienna, Austria) and bioenergy2020+: polygeneration (hydrogen, Syngas, heat & power production) from wood biomass.

Air Liquide is actively engaged into the Paris Saclay Cluster, participating to two Research Institutes, funding three chairs and being an active member of local thematic networks.

  • Chair with Ecole Polytechnique (France) on Innovation Management (accelerate managerial innovation through the management of disruptive innovation, innovation process roll out at a global scale and management of innovative ecosystems)
  • Chair with Ecole Centrale Paris (France): educational and research industrial chair on oxy-combustion with CNRS funded by ANR (French National Research Agency)
  • Chair with Université Paris Sud: “La Physique Autrement” aims at showcasing scientific results in the field of quantum physics in an educational way, to make them understandable by all citizens, notably within the Paris-­Saclay area
  • Air Liquide is a founding member of the Institut Photovoltaïque Français (IPVF), a multi-partner institute associating academic research and industrials to lead research, innovation and training in the field of photovoltaic solar energy

With European partners, Air Liquide is member of:

  • EIT Health, a Knowledge Innovation Community co-funded by European Union. The 130 partners are promoting entrepreneurship and innovations for healthy living and active ageing
  • The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe

North America

Advanced processes for gas separation, complex data analysis and water treatment are key research collaboration domains for Air Liquide in North America.

  • US Department of Energy (Wilsonville, AL, USA): testing on the field of a next generation of carbon capture solution using cold membranes
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA): design of polymer membranes for gas purification
  • Massachusetts General Hospital - to study the effect of Helium/Oxygen Breathing on Ventilation and Inhaled Aerosols in Asthmatics
  • University of Alberta, Department of Mechanical Engineering - in vitro, benchtop experimental techniques for testing medical gas delivery devices and to predict gas concentration and airway pressures for patients
  • McGill University (Montreal, Canada): optimization of a water treatment process through ozone injection
  • Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Montreal, Canada): design of operational research advanced models to predict the quantities of gas consumed by customers

In North America, Air Liquide R&D has joined well established consortia on key research fields for industrial gas business innovation:


Air Liquide has intense research activities in Japan on semiconductors and materials for energy. The newly created Shanghai Research and Technology Center is already working with many partners.

  • Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan): since 2008, Air Liquide has been growing collaborations on material sciences & surface chemistry, sharing a common vision on Hydrogen Energy future. More recently, joint research on novel advanced materials for Displays technologies has been initiated
  • The University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan): since 2013, Air Liquide and the University of Tokyo have been exploring topics related to thin film deposition and coating
  • Tokyo University of Science (Tokyo, Japan): prospective hydrogen generation technologies and novel approaches in etching are jointly developed
  • National Institute of Material Science (Tsukuba, Japan): NIMS, Toshiba and Air Liquide jointly work within the NIMS Open Innovation Center for the development of compound semiconductor processing since 2014. NIMS also brings to Air Liquide his expertise and equipment for advanced analytical measurements
  • Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan): beside the exploration of the formation of reactive gas mixtures for electronics processing, several Air Liquide researchers work at Kyoto University in the domain of Materials Science
  • Zheijang University (Shanghai, China), joint lab for the design & optimisation of solid fuel oxy-combustion technologies
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China), joint lab for the development of new semiconductor manufacturing processes, and innovative welding techniques for the building sector
  • Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea) is hosting Air Liquide Laboratories Korea with a collaboration on metal oxide depositions for Semiconductor and Display applications
  • Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea) and Air Liquide have collaborated for 10 years on metal and metal oxide deposition for memory manufacturing


  • KAUST (Thuwal, Saudi Arabia): We are partnering with the Kaust catalysis center for the design of promising low CO2 emission hydrogen production processes