The partnership with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) was initiated in 2011 in order to create the KACST Technology Innovaction Center on Carbon Capture and Sequestration. From this initial collaboration spawned the development of the Saudi Aramco Carbon Capture and Utilization Chair Program, from which an ever-expanding research group and research program are flourishing.
The research focus at KFUPM lies in the chemistry of metal-organic frameworks as they relate to any application of carbon dioxide. The full exploitation of the potential of this field will lead to diversification of the local economy, which will help generate new sources of revenue. The main objective of establishing the Aramco Chair program is to build technical and research capacities in the area of materials synthesis, and carbon dioxide capture and utilization. The program seeks to help in attracting experienced academic leaders to conduct fundamental and applied research studies in this area.
For further information concerning the research topics being explored by the KFUPM team, please visit their website.