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Air Liquide's research and development is at the head of a global ecosystem

Research & Development

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Air Liquide's research and development is at the head of a global ecosystem that enables us to carry out research work in collaboration with customers, technology institutes and internationally renowned universities in order to provide solutions to the society's future challenges. Air Liquide also has dedicated centers of expertise.

Air Liquide's Innovation Campuses

Air Liquide's Innovation Campuses are strategically located in France, Germany, China, Japan and the United States.

These Innovation Campuses are places to connect, collaborate, experiment and co-create. They may host an R&D Center, a startups accelerator, academic partners or customers.  

R&D  teams are 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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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 Innovation Campus
This Innovation Campus embodies the innovation approach of the Group, particularly for transition energy, 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 15,000 square meters.
Delaware Innovation Campus
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.
Shanghai Innovation Campus
On this Campus, 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 2016, this Campus 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.
Frankfurt Innovation Campus
This Campus focuses on the development of innovative solutions for converting fossil or biomass raw materials into synthesis gas, hydrogen, fuels and chemicals.
Tokyo Innovation Campus
Our Japanese Campus develops advanced materials, especially for the manufacture of next generation semiconductors, flexible displays, energy storage and distribution.
Research Center
Founded in 2012, this R&D Center 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.

Connection to the Ecosystem

To face energy and environmental issues and the acceleration of the digital revolution in hospital and home healthcare, our Innovation Campuses provide solutions to address the society's future challenges. For this purpose, we develop collaborations with customers, technology institutes and internationally renowned universities.

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 we launched the second edition of the Scientific Challenge, the #2018AirLiquideScientificChallenge, 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. Today, the Innovation campuses 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).

Expertise Centers

Moreover, Air Liquide has centers of expertise which develop, adapt to the customers' needs and industrialise innovations from the Group:

  • the ALTEC Networks,
  • the Gas Packaging Center,
  • the Cryogenic Technology Center,
  • and centers of expertise specialising in Healthcare, specialty ingredients and advanced electronics materials.