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.

Resources collaborations

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

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

ExxonMobil is scouting for a few good startups The number of world-changing ideas out there is staggering. Corralling the ones that can spark new forms of energy is equally challenging.

Energy tech centers Energy Factor ? Aug. 6, 2019

Partnering with outside minds to transform energy To meet the world’s ever-growing energy demand and reduce the risk of climate change, ExxonMobil is forging research partnerships across industries and academia. Two areas of focus include the development of low-emission biofuels and of cost-effective carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

Research partners Energy Factor ? June 28, 2019

A partnership for scaling lower-emission innovations Finding new energy solutions requires the skills and input from many scientists and engineers. That’s why ExxonMobil, in its search to develop lower-emission technologies, has created a new partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Research partners Energy Factor ? May 8, 2019

ExxonMobil to invest up to $100 million on lower-emissions R&D with U.S. National Labs IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil said today it will invest up to $100 million over 10 years to research and develop advanced lower-emissions technologies with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Newsroom News ? May 8, 2019

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