Research and innovation

University partnerships

We collaborate with leading universities around the world as part of our commitment to finding meaningful and scalable solutions to meet global energy demand, while also minimizing the environmental impacts of energy use, including the risks of climate change.

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Fueling future energy discoveries

ExxonMobil is founded on a culture of science and technology. Every day, we work with diverse academic institutions to research and develop new solutions to help us meet society’s dual challenge — meeting energy needs while also minimizing the environmental impacts of energy use, including the risks of climate change.

Our work includes everything from researching advances in materials science and carbon storage to understanding wind and solar energy. These collaborative relationships with colleges and universities fuel new discoveries and empower advanced energy research both in focused, short-term projects and multiyear programs.

Research and development highlights

$145M

commitment to fund breakthrough energy research at MIT, Princeton, the University of Texas and Stanford

20K

scientists and engineers employed by ExxonMobil, including more than 2,200 with Ph.Ds
The old mindset of ‘my lab is my world,’ has changed to ‘the world is my lab,’ which is why we have created a network of collaborators across disciplines to join us.
Nazeer Bhore manager of breakthrough research
Nazeer Bhore

Manager, breakthrough research at ExxonMobil

Energy Factor

Plant Power

Work is underway to study the conversion of cellulosic biomass into diesel and jet fuel. Breakthroughs require scientific research collaborations, much like the one inked by the University of Wisconsin and ExxonMobil, to provide the fundamental knowledge required to move the science forward.
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All articles about university partnerships

Creating the next generation of sustainable mobility The vehicles of tomorrow are tethered to the boundary-pushing science and materials available today, and students of a preeminent engineering program are currently testing those limits as they design an ultra-efficient and sustainable vehicle for the future.

Research partners Energy Factor Dec. 6, 2018

ExxonMobil to join Oil and Gas Climate Initiative IRVING, Texas — ExxonMobil today said it will join the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary initiative representing 13 of the world’s largest oil and gas producers working collaboratively toward solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change.

Newsroom News Sept. 20, 2018

ExxonMobil invests $1 billion per year in energy research, emerging technologies ExxonMobil believes human ingenuity and innovation are critical to supplying the fuels and products that consumers need in a manner that is safe for our employees, communities and the environment.

Research partners Article Sept. 18, 2018

Collaborating with leading universities to meet global energy demand ExxonMobil has worked with dozens of leading universities and academic research institutions around the world as part of our commitment to finding meaningful and scalable solutions to meet global energy demand and reduce emissions.

Research partners Article Sept. 18, 2018

How do you know if your battery’s still good? Give it a listen. Dan Steingart, Ph.D., is jointly appointed to Princeton University’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He currently works on a project, which receives guidance and support from ExxonMobil, examining electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Steingart explains why the matter isn’t so simple.

Energy tech centers Energy Factor Apr. 3, 2018