KACST and Intel to open nano-tech lab

Centre of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing planned to give Saudi industry and academia venue for research

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 27, 2009

The King Abdul-Aziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) and Intel have signed an agreement to develop a centre for nano-manufacturing research in Saudi Arabia.

The Centre of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA) will provide a facility for students from the Arab world and Turkey to conduct research into advanced fields including nano-processing and fabrication technology.

KACST will establish a clean room and other facilities for the centre, while Intel will provide a team of experts to guide research. The centre is intended to create an environment for collaboration between Intel, KACST and local industry and academia to in the field of nanotechnology.

Prince Dr Turki bin Saud bon Mohammed Al-Saud, Vice President for research institutes, KACST said: “This agreement with Intel will pave the way to creating a rich environment in which researchers and talented scientists, not only from the Kingdom but from the Arab and Islamic region at large, to do their research in this filed and leverage the capabilities CENA is set to provide.”

The centre will look to take on 50 to 60 students in 2010-2011, with scholarships provided partly by KACST and partly by cultural organizations in the Arab World that have yet to be finalized.

Dr Makarem Hussein, senior principal with Intel Corporation and the Founding Director of CENA commented: “We must acknowledge the Kingdom’s leading role in promoting advanced technology research in the region and commend their decision, which stemmed from their sense of responsibility, in making CENA accessible to all researchers in the region.”

The centre is the second planned joint research facility with Intel at KACST, following the announcement of a WiMAX lab in June last year.

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