Following the success of the first edition which mobilised 130 academic and start-up partners, Air Liquide yesterday launched its #2018AirLiquideScientificChallenge, designed to advance research in an open innovation approach.

This year, the three topics selected are aimed at improving air quality and preventing global warming for the planet. 

The #2018AirLiquideScientificChallenge is open to academic teams, private Research & Development departments, startups, and private or public Institutes. All are invited to submit, from June 25th to September 20th, innovative scientific research projects using Essential Small Molecules on these topics:

  • · Topic #01 on hydrogen production: “Lower-CO2 H2” - How to produce cost competitive hydrogen while reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
  • · Topic #02 on the use of H2 in industrial processes: “H2 is coming” - How to use H2 to avoid CO2 emissions in industrial processes traditionally based on fossil fuel?
  • · Topic #03 on sustainable food production: “Sustainable Farm to Fork” - How can our Essential Small Molecules help rise to the challenge of meeting the dietary needs of 9 billion people in a healthy, affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly way?

An Air Liquide scientific prize coupled with a €50,000 ($58,000) grant will be awarded to each of the laureates at the end of 2018. Moreover, the Tier One corporation will fund collaboration projects to up to €1.5m ($1.7m), in order to develop the selected scientific proposals and transform them into market-tailored technologies.

Initiated by R&D and its m-Lab, the scientific community of Air Liquide experts on Essential Small Molecules, the #2018AirLiquideScientificChallenge is part of Air Liquide’s open innovation approach.