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


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


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

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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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Voices from the University of Texas labs These are some of the projects taking shape in the labs of the University of Texas at Austin, where a select group of students is working on potential energy solutions of tomorrow.

Research partners Energy Factor Jan. 30, 2020

Energy goes back to school For most college students it’s easy to measure success – it’s a high GPA, a great score on a midterm or securing a job after graduation.

Research partners Energy Factor Nov. 7, 2019

ExxonMobil, FuelCell Energy expand agreement for carbon capture technology IRVING, Texas and DANBURY, Connecticut – ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy, Inc. said today they have signed a new, two-year expanded joint-development agreement to further enhance carbonate fuel cell technology for the purpose of capturing carbon dioxide from industrial facilities.

Newsroom News Nov. 6, 2019

Partnering for efficiency When it comes to carbon capture and storage (CCS) research, scientists focus on a key word: efficiency.

Carbon capture Energy Factor Nov. 6, 2019

One-of-a-kind partners working on breakthrough innovations No single company, organization or institution has all the answers when it comes to developing tomorrow’s low-emission energy.

Research partners Energy Factor Oct. 25, 2019