Enriching Air Liquide Scientific Territory

Reinforcing its focus on Science for accelerating innovation, Air Liquide launches an annual "Air Liquide Essential Molecules Challenge".

Air Liquide produces high added value molecules and develops cutting edge technologies and services for its customers and patients. Essential Small Molecules such as O2, N2, H2, and CO embody the Air Liquide scientific territory.

Teams and talents from academia, private R&D, start-ups, private, or public institutes, are invited to explore Air Liquide molecule territory and to submit proposals for scientific breakthroughs on topics related to societal and environmental challenges. 


Air Liquide Scientific Awards
up to 3 cash prizes of €50,000 each
Up to €1,500,000
Funded in joint research programs
to mature scientific proposals
into market technologies

First Air Liquide Essential Molecules Challenge

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Efficient way of producing H2 from water by using sun energy

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Sponge Materials for the high density storage and safe supply of O2, N2, H2, C2H2, CO, CO2, NO, NO2 and/or Noble Gases

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Producing O2 or CO from CO2 in a sustainable way

 Air Liquide

 Our Ideas Create Value over the Long Term

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with more than 50,000 employees and serves more than 2 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.

Air Liquide ideas create value over the long term. At the core of the company’s development are the commitment and constant inventiveness of its people.

Air Liquide anticipates the challenges of its markets, invests locally and globally, and delivers high-quality solutions to its customers and patients, and the scientific community.

The company relies on competitiveness in its operations, targeted investments in growing markets and innovation to deliver profitable growth over the long-term.

Air Liquide's revenues amounted to  €15.4 billion in 2014, and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.


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Innovation, one of the pillars of the Group's strategy

€278 million Innovation expenses in 2014
- +300 new patents filed in 2014 
- 6200 employees contribute to innovation around the world, mostly in three entities: Research & Development, advanced Business & Technologies (aB&T), and Engineering and Construction (Global E&C Solutions). They explore new territories, business models, technologies, and services, and they support innovation from the idea to market maturity.