Lubricants & Energy Laboratory, United States

An innovation center designed to deliver individualized ready-to-use solutions and accelerate your development efforts.

Since opening our North American Lubricants & Energy Laboratory in the greater Houston area in 2018 we have been supporting customers and principal partners with state of the art testing for oil and gas applications. In 2022, we expanded our capabilities to include testing equipment for industrial and automotive lubricant applications as well as metalworking fluids, thus providing an all-round offering for the customers working in lubricants and energy markets. By combining these unique testing capabilities with the formulating expertise of our global network of technologists, we are able to offer customers customized solutions and novel prototype concepts that align with their business needs.

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How we can support you

Our laboratory in Houston is ready to collaborate with you, working with you every step of the way to help drive and evolve your formulations. Together, we identify applications and assign the required tests. We then investigate our portfolio of products to ensure only the most effective are used in every formulation.

Core competencies

  • Technical advice and formulation development
  • Guidance for product optimization
  • Troubleshooting assistance
  • Additive screening/selection testing
  • Application testing with quantitative results
  • Focus on sustainable solutions
  • Customer training
  • Technical training for IMCD Lubricants & Energy team 

Key Equipment/Test Capabilities



  • Cement fluid loss testing
  • Cement & spacer stability
  • Non-destructive cement strength
  • Viscosity and consistency testing
  • Spacer wettability & compatibility
  • Static gel strength testing
  • Rheology
  • Density
  • Lubricity
  • Thickening time


  • 4 Ball EP and wear
  • Coefficient of friction
  • Grease penetrometer and Worker
  • Corrosion
  • Density
  • Viscosity
  • Foaming
  • Emulsion stability
  • Refractive Index
  • Stability and pH testing
  • Rheology



  • Cement
  • Spacers
  • Drilling Fluids
  • Greases
  • Metalworking Fluids
  • Industrial Lubricants
  • Automotive Lubricants

Utilizing our expertise and capabilities to support your formulation needs:

Our Team

Our team of qualified scientists are ready to provide technical support and customized formulation solutions to the lubricants and energy industry in the North American region.

Joshua Godfrey

Laboratory Manager North America - Lubricants & Energy


Holds a BSc in Natural Science. Josh served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps before working for 5 years at Baker Hughes’ Global R&D Center in Tomball, Texas where, he developed technical expertise in cementing and spacer systems.

At IMCD, Joshua works with suppliers to develop new chemistry suitable for the cement industry. He works with customers to discover how these products can be incorporated into their current fluid systems.


Braydon Rudy

Laboratory Technical Manager North America - Lubricants & Energy


Holds a BSc. in Biology and Chemistry. Braydon joined IMCD in 2021, bringing 8 years of experience in the automotive and industrial lubricant industry as a research chemist. He has extensive experience in lubricant and grease analysis, product performance testing and formulating finished lubricants.

Would you like to have a closer look at our facilities and meet our experts? We would be delighted to welcome you and have a talk!

IMCD Houston Laboratory
North American Lubricants and Energy
3608 Research Forest Drive, Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX  77381


Phone: +1 216 228 8900


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