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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Announces Inaugural Global Research Partnership Investigator Winners

March 15, 2008

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has named the winners of its Global Research Partnership (GRP) Investigator competition. Twelve international scientists—among them Dr. Yi Cui at Stanford (silicon nanowires for li-ion batteries) and Dr. Bruce Logan at Penn State (microbial fuel cells)—were selected as KAUST GRP investigators for the 2007 round of nominations, which featured more than 60 submissions from 38 of the world’s leading research universities.

GRP investigators receive five-year individual grants to investigate a wide range of research topics. As an example, Dr. Logan’s grant is for $10 million.

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Iran Khodro Company to Start Production of Dual-Fuel Cars in July; National Push for Natural Gas Fuel

July 02, 2007

Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) will begin the production of dual-fuel gasoline-compressed natural gas cars in late July. IKCO is the largest vehicle manufacturer in Iran and the Middle East, and builds cars and commercial vehicles for domestic use and for export.

Iran is facing a gasoline shortage. Riots erupted in the country last week as its parliament instituted gasoline rationing. Although Iran is the second-largest OPEC producer of crude oil (behind Saudi Arabia), its refinery infrastructure is inadequate to meet domestic transportation needs. With a combined capacity of 1.6 million barrels per day, the Iranian refineries currently produce just 16% gasoline, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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