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Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies (CEGN)


Partner: University of California, Los Angeles

The Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies explores the nanotechnology world, in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles, in the United States.


The Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies at KACST and UCLA (CEGN) undertakes frontier research and development in the areas of nanotechnology and nanoscience for future electronics and energy devices. CEGN tackles major issues of scaling, energy efficiency, energy generation, and energy storage faced by the electronics industry. Researchers in the center are innovating novel solutions through a number of complementary efforts that minimize power usage and cost without compromising electronic device performance. The approach is based on the integration of magnetic, carbon-based, organic, and optoelectronic materials and devices.

CEGN was founded in 2008 where the center was initiated with high frequency carbon Nanotube electronics, non-volatile memory devices, and organic photovoltaic devices. Since its inception, the center achieved remarkable progress in nanoscience and nanoelectronics. The first RF carbon Nanotube electronic devices have been achieved which unlocked a new horizon for high speed microwave electronics at the nanoscale.

The Center also focuses on creating a new industry in the field of semiconductors and electronics by collaborating with the energy sector, start-up companies, and local universities. By including local man power from different backgrounds, and using the current resources allocated at different institutions in KACST and local partners in energy industry and universities, it is possible to create a new and efficient local semiconductor industry.