The American Rice University has recently opened a Joint Center for Carbon Nanomaterials along with China's Shandong University. This collaborative facility aims to study nanotechnology and expedite innovation and commercialization.

The center's opening took place in the first International Workshop on Engineering and Applications of Nanocarbon, held between January 31 – February 2, 2015. 

Researchers from both universities are expected to travel and engage in collaborative studies and initiatives.