KACST and the University of Oxford established a joint research center for projects in petrochemicals and oil refinery field. The center was established in 2010 at the Chemistry Department at the university under the name "KACST OXFORD Petrochemical Research Centre".
This joint scientific cooperation is considered as the first of its type in the Arab world in the field of petrochemicals research and it falls within the strategic plan for science and technology set by KACST. This collaboration also includes sending Saudi students for graduate studies at the University of Oxford within the work of the center's projects.
The research in KOPRC focuses on developing petrochemicals processes and developing active catalysts. KOPRC is considered the umbrella comprising several collaborations in petrochemicals with several high-class universities, such as Cambridge University, Imperial College, and Cardiff University.