From the pioneering technical support within Omya during the mid to late 20th century, the visionary establishment of fundamental research and development activities toward the end of the 1990s has made Omya into a world-class research center in its field – right into the first decade of the 21st century and beyond. This has been achieved by a combination of academic networking, fundamental internal studies and the publication of ground-breaking research in peer-reviewed, high-ranking scientific journals, plus the far-sighted decision to develop and educate selected high flyers identified both within Omya's technical workforce and at institutional centers of excellence around the world.
The link to doctoral study programs at leading universities has served to strengthen the breadth and depth of knowledge underpinning the support of Omya's traditional markets and plays a key role in identifying emerging market opportunities based on a sound technical foundation.
Together with the technical service and innovation groups, Omya R&D forms the point of reference as solution provider, ranging from sample analysis to generating material properties, from microscopic imaging and beyond to new processing concepts, and applications as far removed from tradition as functionality in delivery vectors (for example, for flavorings, agronomics (plant care) and pharmaceuticals) to nanomaterials science.
Lists of cooperation partners, institutes and universities are illustrated in wide-ranging publications.
Åbo Akademi, Finland (Turku)
SP,Technical Research Institute of Sweden
KTH University, Stockholm Sweden
Innventia, Stockholm Sweden
University of Plymouth, UK
Université Strasbourg, France
Technische Universität München (TUM)
University of Basel, Switzerland
University of North West Switzerland (Applied Sciences)
Université du Québec, Trois Rivières, Canada
University of Maine, Orono, US
Universidad de la Republica, Institute Polo Tecnológico de Pando, Uruguay
University of St. Petersburg, Russia