Air Liquide has signed a scientific cooperation agreement with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, and joins its Industry Collaboration Program (KICP).
The agreement builds a promising partnership in strategic research fields and enhances Air Liquide leadership within world-class academic research institutions, and industry leaders in the Middle East.
The new partnership, involving some of the most renowned academic researchers, will accelerate innovation to contribute to solve resource constraints resulting from increasing demand. KAUST is developing academic excellence in various domains key for Air Liquide such as photovoltaics, catalysis, combustion and porous materials.
The KAUST Industry Collaboration Programme serves as a key resource in facilitating interactions and relationships with the KAUST ecosystem that features some of the most influential technology intensive corporations in the world and the largest players in the Middle East.
Inaugurated in September 2009, on more than 36 million square meters on the Red Sea in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, KAUST addresses challenges of regional and global significance, like energy and water demand. KAUST has recruited world-class faculty and scientists, across all cultures and has established state-of-the- art research and development (R&D) laboratories, advanced instrumentation and computing facilities.
Olivier Delabroy, Vice-President R&D for the Air Liquide Group, commented on the agreement, “Academic partnerships leverage R&D activities by enabling our research teams to accelerate exploration of disruptive scientific domains and investigate their potential benefits for our business. This collaboration will play a critical role in future technology breakthroughs.”
With researchers in 10 main sites in Europe, Asia and the US, R&D creates sustainable value for Air Liquide and its customers by exploring new technological territories to address the challenges facing society.
The group has a global open innovation network of more than 120 academic partnerships, 100 industrial collaborations, several research chairs, multiple joint labs, and numerous agreements with start-ups in various cutting-edge technologies. With 321 patents filed across the group in 2013, Air Liquide’s innovation expeneses for the year totalled €265m.