Competency Research Labs

Competency Research Labs

The Competency Research Labs staff is a group of engineers and scientists working in formulation, synthesis, processing, engineering, computation, and characterization. CRL's scientific experts work closely with our business teams to solve critical technical challenges. They are deeply involved in product and project understanding. The technical diversity of daily work in CRL exposes team members to Saint-Gobain's rich technologies while also allowing for deep engagement within chosen focus areas.



Functional areas


Advanced Characterization

NRDC Our advanced characterization experts use world-class tools


Our advanced characterization experts use world-class tools and develop new techniques to characterize an astonishing range of materials, products, and environments. Come to a research center where access to SEMs, AFMs, ICP's and other top-tier equipment enable the discovery of new insights in the world of materials science.

Materials Science

contribute your scientific understanding with our community of experts.


Saint-Gobain’s broad and deep knowledge in materials -- from polymers to ceramics, from crystals to fibers -- presents unmatched and exciting challenges for engineers working in formulation, processing, and characterization. We provide the opportunity to develop and to contribute your scientific understanding within a community of experts.



Digital and Computational

Saint-Gobain worldwide is committed to digital transformation


Saint-Gobain worldwide is committed to digital transformation. Our competencies in robotics drive automation in the lab and the factory. Our expertise in modeling and simulation deepen our understanding of materials and component performance and accelerate research through virtual experimentation.




CRL's processing laboratory is richly equipped with 3Dprinters in NRDC


CRL's processing laboratory is richly equipped with 3D printers, mixing and dispersion lines, a state-of-the-art coating tower and micro-molding and co-extrusion machines, all pushing the frontiers of materials design and smart manufacturing. We are developing new-to-the world products to solve customer problems and emerging needs.


Business partnerships


Fluid Systems Extractables Platform

Jinsheng CRL team member in china


The CRL group supports and works with multiple teams in Fluid Systems (FLS) and especially with Saint-Gobain Research Shanghai. We help FLS to be the “Industry Leader” of the extractable/leachable (E/L) validation platform for their BioPharma products (silicone, TPE, fluoropolymer, single use product, etc.) and to build an E/L database for all Saint-Gobain life science materials. This new platform increases the speed at which our important extractable results can be obtained.

Paul Rehrig

Meet Paul

R&D Manager, forming 3D printing


"I truly cherish the diversity at NRDC in terms of technical expertise, capabilities, and breadth of projects, but also cultural diversity, where approximately 30 nationalities are represented on one campus of approximately 350 people"


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Saint-Gobain again named one of the world's top-100 most innovative companies

Clarivate Analytics has just published its Top Global Innovators 2017 ranking. For the seventh time in a row, Saint-Gobain has been included in the 100 most innovative companies and institutions in the world, based on four patent-related metrics.

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Saint-Gobain NOVA launches new website geared toward startup companies

The NOVA team designed a dynamic new website that explains the various opportunities for startups to connect with Saint-Gobain, its family of companies and network of partners to grow their business.

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NRDC researchers collaborating with Université Laval

NRDC researchers Camila Garces and Nicolas Drolet presented collaborative work with Professor Gaetan Laroche of Université Laval at the 4th International Workshop on Plasma Surface Interactions in Orleans, France.

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Gifts for local kids from NRDC employees

NRDC employees give back to local families

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Diversity and Inclusion Day at NRDC

At Saint-Gobain we believe the best ideas are born when teams are given the opportunity to come together and work as one.

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2017 MADMEC Winner: A Salt Solution

MADMEC's 2017 $10K grand prize went to student team "A Salt Solution," for a low-cost hydrogel that extracts uranium from water to provide fuel for nuclear power plants.

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University Collaborations at NRDC Can Be a Sticky Business

NRDC researchers develop techniques for direct monitoring of cross-linking reactions.



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NRDC researching materials to protect US soldiers

11/12/2017 - Researchers at NRDC improve lightweight armor for military and police protection.

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Mixing Experts Symposium at Northboro R&D Center

10/19/2017 - NRDC hosts Saint-Gobain mixing experts from R&D and manufacturing

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Saint-Gobain sponsored a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) outreach event at Girls Inc

09/30/2017 -  Saint-Gobain sponsored a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) outreach event at Girls Inc. of Worcester. Volunteers from Saint-Gobain’s Northboro and Worcester locations organized a full-day of workshops on the topics of materials science, robotics, and career development.

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08/17/2017 - MADMEC semi-finals August 24 at MIT

Saint-Gobain, MIT, and Dow Chemical sponsor MADMEC student challenge for sustainability

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08/17/2017 - NRDC researcher wins Fulbright to study energy management aspects of Yurts in Mongolia

Kim Dupont-Madinier, R&D Designer for CertainTeed's Building Systems and Assemblies Design Platform, will take a year sabbatical from Northboro to research the energy management aspects of Mongolian Gers (Yurts) under a Fulbright scholarship.

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08/03/2017 - NRDC internal career fair helps employees discover opportunities

08/04/2017 - On August 3rd, NRDC hosted an internal career fair to highlight the many opportunities available across Saint-Gobain businesses.

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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics by Tom Kinisky

The former President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics brings more than 30 years of experience with Saint-Gobain to the role of President and CEO for Saint-Gobain North America.

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NRDC's Melanie Kuhn Key Speaker at Ceramics Expo 2017

R&D Group Leader Melanie Kuhn presented her team's research on coatings for high performance ceramics at the 2017 Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio, April 2017. 

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06/2017 - Tubing and Coatings Roundtable Includes NRDC R&D Manager

Adam Nadeau, Process Technology R&D Manager, participated in MDT's roundtable on tubings and coatings for medical devices.

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