Solvay partnered with the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) to accelerate the process that begins with a scientific idea, then sparks innovation, leads to product creation and eventually makes it to the market. Based on fragment agreements, the partnership produces 20 to 25 new projects each year with four shared laboratories -- in France (two facilities), China and in the US.
Eco-Efficient Products and Processes Lab (E2P2L) – Shanghai, China
E2P2L, was initially established as a partnership between Solvay, CNRS, ENS Lyon, ECNU Shanghai and the Universities of Fudan and Lille. Dedicated to renewable and sustainable chemistry, the lab houses academic and industrial research scientists as well as students working on joint projects.
In order to boost the development of innovative chemical processes and the emergence of eco-designed products on the markets, a “mirror lab” of E2P2L is established within the University of Poitiers gathering Solvay, CNRS and the university researchers.
The Laboratory of the Future (LOF) – Bordeaux-Pessac, France
LOF research center gathers the brightest minds from Solvay, CNRS and the University of Bordeaux. The center has been designed to improve research productivity and shorten innovation time to market. The scientists at LOF concentrate on the development of miniaturized research tools and the creation of innovative projects in the field of physical chemistry.
Complex Assemblies of Soft Matter (COMPASS) Research & Innovation Centre – Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA
The COMPASS laboratory brings together scientists and researchers from around the world in the spirit of international collaboration. The laboratory hosts a multidisciplinary team – focused on rheology, complex fluids, and interfaces management – dedicated to designing innovative materials and formulations.
The innovative minds at this facility changed the face of the Agriculture industry with the launch of Novecare, which promotes water retention, reduces water stress for plants and improves nutrient flow to produce healthier crops. Innovations such as active deposition systems for hair care products, surface treatments and viscoelastic fluids for the oilfield industry have had a profound impact on other leading industries as well.
Polymers and Advanced Materials Laboratory – Lyon, France
The Polymers and Advanced Materials Laboratory ("Laboratoire Polymères et Matériaux Avancés"), houses eight research scientists and technicians and roughly 12 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. These scholars focus 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.
With the objective to develop and manufacture materials with finely controlled properties, they respond to three major challenges: significant reduction in the weight of various parts of land transport vehicles; improvement of barrier properties for environmental safety and control of the life cycles of engineered plastics and rubbers.