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Research & Development

We invest in practical, proactive research and equip our people with the resources to help you succeed. Our global network of 10 technology centers and dozens of local and regional laboratories mean that proper testing and analytical equipment is always close at hand. And while our network is impressive, it’s what we do with it that matters: We deploy the brightest minds to solve your toughest challenges. Every time.

Highlighted Technical Centers

Center for product development and technical support specializing in analytical/deepwater/material compatibility, flow assurance, asset integrity and phase separation.
Shanghai, China
Serves the innovation and technical support needs of the Asia Pacific region and acts as an innovation and knowledge center for refining, fuel additives and petrochemicals.
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
The Eastern Hemisphere technology center for water-based chemistries including corrosion, hydrates, scale and analytical work.
Kazan, Russia
Supports the Russian oil and gas market and serves as the company’s center of excellence for research and product development for oilfield corrosion, scale management, flow assurance, phase separation and microbiology.
North & South America
Sugar Land, TX Headquarters
Sugar Land, Texas
Staffed with 200+ experts and support personnel. Center of excellence for oilfield corrosion, flow assurance, phase separation, enhanced oil recovery, reservoir engineering, refining process treatment, additives, petrochemical processing and microbiology research and technology development.
Naperville, Illinois
Home to the oil sands and produced water groups. Facility focuses on water-based solutions for the oil and gas, refining and petrochemical industries.
Eagan, Minnesota
Ecolab’s global research and development headquarters. An innovation and knowledge center for antimicrobial, surfactant and separation research and development and water management technologies.
Fresno, Texas
More than 90 RD&E staff and support personnel work at the facility in Fresno, Texas. Center of excellence for research and technology development for sour corrosion, H2S abatement and drilling and stimulation.
Calgary, Alberta
Supports the Canadian oil and gas market and provides valuable expertise for cold-weather producing regions. Center of excellence for research and technology development for heavy oil production, oil sands production and sour gas corrosion control.
Campinas, Brazil

Serves Nalco Champion’s oil and gas customers across Latin America, including offshore Brazil operations. Focus on H2S scavengers, corrosion inhibitors, paraffins, asphaltenes, scale applications and SurFlo Plus protocols for umbilical-ready chemistries.

Leduc, Alberta

As the single largest capital construction investment in Ecolab's history, this facility is the manufacturing hub for Nalco Champion customers in Western Canada. Capabilities include oil and water blending, truck and railcar unloading to bulk storage tanks, warehousing and distribution, and more.