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Posted: April 30, 2008

$25M of Saudi money aids Cornell nanotechnology work

(Nanowerk News) A $25 million grant, spread over five years, will enable Cornell University to create a center focused on nanotechnology research with a sustainability aim.
The funding will come from the Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology's Global Research Partnership. The award was announced Tuesday along with three others going to other universities.
Cornell researchers Lynden Archer and Emanuel Giannelis are the principal investigators for the developing center, which will be called Cornell University's KAUST Center for Research and Education.
“He and I and perhaps a couple of other people here at Cornell had already started doing some work in this area, but really what the center is going to allow us to do is not only expand it here at Cornell but also with some key collaborations outside Cornell,” Giannelis said.
The center will study nanomaterials for the enhancement of oil recovery, carbon dioxide capture and sequestration, water desalination, and photovoltaics and solid state lighting. The center will begin work on June 1, Giannelis said.
The center will consist of a multidisciplinary team of faculty from Cornell and partner universities, Cambridge University, Columbia University, ETH Lausanne, Princeton University, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Houston, with complementary expertise in synthesis, theory, property characterization and process engineering.
“We chose these first KAUST GRP Centers from an exceptionally competitive pool of proposals, which represented some of the most talented research teams in the world,” said President-designate Choon Fong Shih of King Abdullah University.
Other schools receiving grants were the University of Oxford, Stanford University and Texas A&M University.
Source: The Ithaca Journal (Topher Sanders)