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Scientific Challenge

Inventiveness, curiosity, collective intelligence, and entrepreneurial spirit are at the heart of Air Liquide’s innovation approach. That means developing cooperation with the international scientific community (academics, technology institutes, startups, private R&D…): this is why we have launched the second edition of the Scientific Challenge. Now, the laureates are known.

This Scientific Challenge embarked the scientific community to innovate through the Essential Small Molecules and develop new applications on three topics related to improving air quality for the people and preventing climate change for the planet.

Three laureates were identified among the 132 proposals from 34 countries. On December 14, 2019 at the Paris Innovation Campus of Air Liquide, the laureates received the “Air Liquide Scientific Prize” endowed with 50 000 euros. In addition, the winners have signed a partnership agreement with the Group that will enable them to receive 1.5 million euros in funding, shared between the three projects, to develop their scientific proposals and transform them into market-ready technologies. Discover the jury of the Challenge and the 3 laureates awarded: read our press release.


Discover the winning projects

Topic #01: "Lower-CO2 H2" - How to produce cost competitive hydrogen while reducing greenhouse gas emissions? 
José Manuel Serra Alfaro, Instituto de Tecnología Química, Spain.

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Topic #02: "H2 is coming" - How to use hydrogen to avoid greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions in fossil fuel based industrial processes?
Christophe Copéret, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

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Topic #03: "Sustainable farm to fork" - Can the dietary needs of 7.6 billion people be met in an affordable, healthy and sustainable manner?
Wenbiao Shen, Nanjing Agricultural University, China.

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Article published on June 18, 2018