CEDENNA organizes numerous outreach activities, including conferences, talks, competitions, schools, seminars and exhibitions, to present its work to the general community, generating greater interest in science among the youth of our country.
The Leitat Chile Center for Excellence in Nanofibers, which works in the development of advanced materials, sustainability and renewable energy will work with the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA) of USACH in the next eight months with the aim of strengthening Chile as a regional center for innovation and enterprise in the area of nanotechnology.
Four institutions will be established in Chile thanks to the second year of funding under CORFO’s program to attract international centers of excellence, one of which is the Leitat Chile Center for Excellence in Nanofibers, which will pursue the development of advanced materials, sustainability and renewable energy sources.
The establishment of the Leitat Chile Center for Excellence in Nanofibers is the result of the collaboration among the Leitat Technological Center, the University of Santiago of Chile through the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
The new center will be established during the first semester of 2014. Among its objectives is to work in collaboration with CEDENNA, a center funded by CONICYT and led by the University of Santiago of Chile, to develop local human capital experienced in research and development.
The Leitat center will seek to become a technological partner in advanced materials, sustainability and renewable energy for businesses and institutions in Chile and South America, mainly in the area of environment.
For the director of CEDENNA, Dr. Dora Altbir, one of the advantages of working with Leitat Chile is that they have equipment of the latest generation and deep knowledge about research into nanofiber materials.
As well, this initiative will provide students and researchers from the different laboratories that make up CEDENNA with the mobility to work with the Leitat technological center.
“Science needs international networks. As CEDENNA, we encourage university dialogues and academic exchange to generate new knowledge. This link with the world generates technological transferences that can be key for the development of the country”, stresses the professor from the Physics Department of the University of Santiago of Chile.
Network of international centers
In addition to Leitat, a center of the University of California, Davis (USA), the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) of the University of Queensland (Australia) and a project of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (ISE) (Germany) will be established in Chile, with a total investment of $US 127.8 million over an eight-year period, approximately 40% of which will be public funds.
These centers are in addition to eight that have already been established or in the processing of being established in Chile, representing an important investment to strengthen the country as a regional center for research and development.