Discovering new molecules for automotive fuels


Any innovation in combustion must not impede the complex chemical and physical processes, must comply with regulations, and must be affordable. Shell's fuel innovation team accelerates innovation through combustion research. It challenged Innovia to discover novel chemistries that could deliver new benefits for automotive fuels.


Innovia systematically mapped the physical and chemical processes occurring in a diesel engine, and their complex interplay. The map gave Shell a clear perspective on opportunity areas for new chemistries.


We developed a portfolio of concepts defined to such a level that Shell could move directly to proof-of-concept testing – candidate molecules and supporting rationale founded on fundamental science.