The partnership with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) was initiated in 2014 through the Berkeley Global Science Institute in order to create the Center of Excellence for Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Applications (CENCEA). 

The research focus at CENCEA lies in chemical engineering and materials science. The main objective for the collaboration between BGSI and KACST is to develop scalable technologies for pilot phase commericialization. Specifically, the CENCEA team is working towards discovering bench-top breakthrough systems for selective gas capture evaluation, water storage and release devices, MOF supercapacitors for powering electronic devices, tetrapod nanocrystals as biological force gauges, and nanocrystal solar cell architectures for efficient light absorption. 

For further information concerning the research topics being explored by the CENCEA team, please visit their website.