About us

  • Develop technologies for clean fuels, petrochemicals, and polymers
  • Maximize value of petroleum by converting to high-demand products: light olefins and aromatics
  • Provide technical support to oil refineries and petrochemical plants (catalyst screening, and selection)



  • Contribute to crude oil sustainability by developing processes that maximize the value of oil barrel and extract feedstocks for the chemical industry.

  • Participate in decarbonization efforts for steam crackers and reformers 

  • Make impact on refining and chemical sectors by generating reactor models for reactions at molecular level

  • Identify challenging research related to catalysts and processes for petroleum conversion, chemicals and polyolefins


Target Sectors

  • Downstream Sector 

  • Petroleum Refining 

  • Petrochemicals/ Chemicals Sector

  • Polymer and plastics Industry 

  • Waste Recovery: Plastics  Recycling Sector


Computational Kinetics

Establishment of a dedicated lab for this theme Development of novel catalytic material and process technologies for the conversion of pl...


Expand CRP activities in H2 production by catalytic conversion of oil based sources to H2 rich syngas Dry reforming of methane (DRM) with...


Expand ongoing research activities in the conversion of crude Oil to petrochemicals. Study co-feeding of light hydrocarbons and oxygenate...

Petroleum Refining

Establish research facilities in Fine and Specialty Chemicals which are enabler for diversification and line with the Kingdom’s Vision 20...

Latest News

IRC-RAC New Website
18 Jan 2023 @ 04:00 PM

The new website of the center is launched.


32nd Annual Saudi-Japan Symposium – 2023
05 Dec 2023 @ 08:00 AM
Innovation Cluster Building, Dhahran Technovalley.

This is the 32nd annual Saudi Japan symposium “Technology in Fuels & Petrochemicals” to be he...

Online Technology Exchange Workshop: CO2 C...
16 Oct 2023 @ 10:00 AM

Virtual workshop on Innovative Catalyst Development on 16 October 2023.

Zeolite Crystal Engineering Nanozeolites i...
09 May 2023 @ 01:30 PM
Bldg. 15, 4th Floor Auditorium

The lecture will cover two examples, one in the field of catalysis (MDA reaction, i.e., Methane D...

Circular Economy of Polymer: Challenges an...
16 May 2022 @ 09:00 AM
Building #15 - 4th Floor - Auditorium

There is a lot of global attention in reducing plastic waste and increasing recycling rates of pl...