KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability

Program or topic

KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability

Department(s) or unit(s)

Team includes Cornell faculty from:

  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physics

Contact information

See the KAUST-CU contact page.

Program goals

Investigates organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials for applications in carbon capture and sequestration, photovoltaics and energy storage, water desalination, and oil and gas production.

Brief Description

Created in 2008 through a generous five-year research award from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). KAUST-CU is one of four research centers world-wide funded by KAUST through its Global Research Partnership.

Research in KAUST-CU focuses on a novel class of hybrid nanomaterials recently discovered at Cornell. Termed nanoparticle ionic materials (NIMs), these organic-inorganic hybrids offer exciting opportunities for basic research and technological innovations at the forefront of materials science and engineering.

Applications of NIMs include:

  • Photovoltaics and energy storage systems.
  • Desalination and advanced water purification.
  • Nanomaterials for oil and gas exploration and production.
  • Carbon dioxide capture and advanced sequestration technologies.


  • Lynden A. Archer, Marjorie L. Hart Chair in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, laa25@cornell.edu
  • Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering, epg2@cornell.edu

For more information

KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability (KAUST-CU)

Category: Batteries/fuel cells, Carbon credits, sequestration, Energy, Solar

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