Joint laboratories

  Shanghai Research and Innovation center

Eco-Efficient Products and Processes Lab (E2P2L) – Shanghai, China

E2P2L is our last joint research unit, initially established as a partnership between Solvay, CNRS, ENS Lyon, ECNU Shanghai, the Universities of Fudan and Lille. Dedicated to the cause of renewable and sustainable chemistry, the lab houses academic and industrial research scientists as well as students working on joint projects.

Our multidisciplinary international team seeks to develop eco-efficient products and processes to reduce our dependence on oil.

The Laboratory of the Future (LOF) – Bordeaux-Pessac, France

A joint research center between Solvay and French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS), in partnership with the University of Bordeaux. This unit is designed to improve research productivity and shorten innovation time to market. LOF concentrates on the development of miniaturized research tools and the creation of innovative projects in the field of physical chemistry.

For example, the laboratory has used its expertise in microfluidic technologies to develop tools and methodologies to create phase diagrams in just a few hours instead of several weeks. The team is currently using these technologies to develop new surfactants, polymers and coatings for personal care, agrochemicals and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) applications. Its work has also made it possible to acquire previously inaccessible process data from droplet size reactors. These data are used to develop chemical processes that offer higher yields, which are safer and friendlier to the natural environment.

Complex Assemblies of Soft Matter (COMPASS) Research & Innovation Centre – Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA

The COMPASS laboratory is an international joint research collaboration focused on creation, manipulation, and understanding of soft matter. It brings together teams from the University of Pennsylvania, CNRS, and Solvay.

The laboratory hosts a multidisciplinary team – working on rheology, complex fluids, and interfaces management  – that is dedicated to designing innovative materials and formulations.

In Agriculture, this facility has produced Novecare , a product that promotes water retention to reduce plants water stress and improve nutrient flow in order to produce healthier crops. Active deposition systems for hair care products as well as surface treatments and viscoelastic fluids for the oilfield industry  have also been developed here, among other things.

Polymers and Advanced Materials Laboratory – Lyon, France

The Polymers and Advanced Materials Laboratory (Laboratoire Polymères et Matériaux Avancés), created jointly between Solvay and CNRS, houses eight research scientists and technicians and around 12 PhD students and post-doctorate fellows. 

Our work focuses primarily on semi-crystalline polymers (including biosourced polymers), elastomers, and combinations of polymers and polar polymers, with an emphasis on rheological and mechanical properties, barrier properties, and ultimate properties. 

Through this research, we aim to develop and manufacture materials with finely controlled properties, which meet three major challenges: a significant reduction in the weight of various parts of land transport vehicles; improvement of barrier properties for environmental safety; and control of the lifecycles of engineered plastics and rubbers.