R&D Solutions 

for a Sustainable World

Data and tools to build a sustainable environment and de-risk innovation

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Are you prepared for transition risks?

Harnessing clean technologies, energy and natural resources for a sustainable world and economic growth is one of industry’s greatest challenges. Partner with us to discover ways to de-risk your company's transition to Net Zero while also protecting our planet. From exploration to production and distribution, Elsevier has the data, tools and technology to drive innovation and transition legacy processes. Globally, we work with companies like yours to:

  • Maximize efficiency — helping you innovate faster, optimize production and reduce downtime
  • Drive sustainability — accelerating action toward energy transition, carbon capture and lower emissions
  • Reduce risk — minimizing environmental, health and safety risks along the value chain

With our intuitive applications, scientists and engineers find the answers to move projects forward faster. And our datasets and data capabilities can accelerate your business transformation to Net Zero.

Pathways to Net Zero Report

Gain insights into how research can accelerate efforts to mitigate climate change with this new report. Throughout the analysis period, the most published topic clusters related to lithium-ion batteries, power transmission and grids, solar energy and energy economics.

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Clean technologies, energy and natural resources data

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Alternative energy generation

  • Wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, tidal, hydrogen, hydropower, nuclear
  • Energy conversion and storage
  • Bioenergy and biofuels

Circular economy

  • Sustainable industrial processes
  • Recycling and reuse
  • Green chemistry


  • Electrical power systems
  • Transmission and distribution
  • Energy policy and economics
  • Energy efficiency

GHG emissions

  • Carbon capture
  • Carbon utilization
  • Geological carbon storage
  • Green chemistry

Natural resources

  • Metals, rare earth and critical minerals
  • Geochemistry and geophysics
  • Atmospheric science

Jump start your innovation with data pools and sources that include:


  • >1,000,000 maps
  • >610,000 plots/graphs
  • >360,000 tables
  • >200,000 photos
  • >117,000 stratigraphic columns, wells/cores
  • >139,000 sections/profiles
  • >117,000 other figures


  • 15 million ML-ready reactions and best-in-class ML technology
  • 71 million reactions with experimental conditions and  literature references
  • 421 commercial suppliers and 243 million products
  • 180 million substances
  • 42 million bioactivity data points and 34,000 biological targets
  • 16,000 journals and 90 million documents
  • Up to 30 million patent documents from up to 105 patent offices


  • >21,000 property tables for compounds and substances
  • >3.5 million plastic and elastomer degradation data points
  • >2.2 million corrosion-related data points
  • for 200+ metals
  • 350 interactive isocorrosion curves

Scientific literature

  • >19 million articles from 2,650 journals and book chapters from 24 subject areas
  • 43,000 books
  • >220 major reference works
  • >1.8 billion cited references from peer-reviewed journals, trade publications, books and conference papers
  • >363 Topic pages

Industry insights

  • 17.6 million researcher profiles
  • 94,800 institutional profiles
  • 47.7 million patents from 5 major patent offices
  • Technical reference resources from 150+ publishers including the Crude Oil Assay database, NACE and more

Extract and gain insights from data

Are you struggling to maximize ROI from your data? Too often data is lost in physical and digital siloes. We can help structure your data for analysis and machine learning. And we can integrate it with Elsevier data and user interfaces to deepen insights and innovate faster.

Manage your data at scale by working with our data experts to:

Structure and integrate data

Dr. George Tsatsaronis, Elsevier’s VP of Data Science discusses

Identifying mining analogs

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We built a machine-learning model to increase the efficiency of identifying mining analogs.

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Classifying geoscience information

Contextualized embeddings scheme

We combined an artificial neural network with a proprietary file classification system to help unlock unstructured data.

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The best tools to support your commitment to Net Zero

With insights from multidisciplinary research, engineers and scientists can discover alternative productive solutions to reskill to meet the demand for green jobs and green skills, reduce risks in project decisions, grow knowledge into reusable energy resources, learn new techniques in lowering carbon output. Companies that committed to Net Zero also need information and tools custom designed to embrace solutions to maximize their returns in Net Zero.



Get validated geologic data from scientific publications in a vast digital library of maps, figures and tables. Geofacets empowers geoscientists and engineers with powerful spatial and keyword search, and with integration capabilities — to pull in proprietary data or export to ArcGIS, Petrel and other software.



Evaluate new science and technology with the world’s premiere STEM knowledgebase of more than 18M full-text articles and chapters. Research on ScienceDirect — such as advances in high–resolution subsurface imaging, carbon capture and storage, and catalysis — can jump start business transformation.



Develop and manage projects more efficiently with technical reference materials and interactive tools. Knovel’s essential engineering data includes a range of materials in 35+ engineering subjects, including hot topics such as fuel cells, geothermal and energy policy.



Find experts by research subject or geographic area, and identify technologies being developed and patented by industry leaders. The Scopus abstract and citation database helps you stay on the cutting edge with filters and alerts to track, analyze and visualize research.


Engineering Village

Discover engineering literature with Compendex and Inspec on Engineering Village. Search peer-reviewed, deeply indexed, relevant and accurate engineering research — all in a single, easy-to-use interface.



Get a rapid and easy access to experimental facts to empower the full range of green chemistry research. The Retrosynthesis feature provides scientifically robust and innovative sustainable synthesis routes, combining high quality Reaxys reaction data with machine learning (ML) technology, which is a time saver for the synthesizing of novel compounds.

Solution stories in energy and natural resources

Thanks to Elsevier R&D solutions, we make data driven decisions and fill in the knowledge gap to solve issues that inhibit progress in the development of the circular economy and CO2 emission abatement.

Senior scientist at a leading global chemical company

Elsevier R&D solutions enabled our engineers to connect with international experts … Result: $10 million in savings, a year of wasted time in R&D avoided, and a better direction found for sustainable flight research.

Executive engineering leader at a leading in global aerospace company

Without Elsevier R&D Solutions, we would underestimate the mishap or the effect of specific deficiencies. They help us bridge the gap between our customers’ needs and our CCS technology …

Operational executive at a global carbon capture technology company

Finding new mines

BHP is integrating its data with Elsevier data on a proprietary Geofacets platform to help find new mines. Elsevier is helping to structure and unlock the value of BHP legacy data that goes back more than 100 years.

What’s new in energy and natural resources

Learn more about advances in the energy and natural resources industries from our industry partnerships and internal experts.