Advances in science and engineering depend in part on laboratories and instruments and the capacity to use these effectively. World-class research infrastructure is essential for discovery, innovation and teaching. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the main federal agency in the US that funds research, world-class research infrastructure is essential for discovery, innovation and teaching.
Reports of the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities and of the Chilean Academy of Sciences are in agreement about the need to acquire more complex infrastructure and equipment in order to conduct cutting-edge research.
CONICYT considers it fundamental that Chilean researchers have cutting-edge equipment. Because of this, the Associative Research Program asked for proposals for a program for support to the scientific infrastructure of research centers and groups, which will benefit 18 centers and research groups with 20 scientific infrastructure projects (there were 58 proposals). Each of the grant recipients will receive an average of $140 million pesos to acquire infrastructure and equipment to strengthen the work of their research lines.
The Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA) was granted one of these pieces of equipment, a physical properties measurement system with a vibrating sample magnometer (VSM) that measures magnetization curves in function of temperature and the external magnetic field of nanostructured materials with important physical properties and interesting applications. The equipment also allows for the incorporation of modules for measuring resistivity and thermal transport, making it highly versatile for a wide range of characterizations of materials.
In the area of nanomagnetism, it is expected that the characterization of magnetic nanoparticles, thin films, nanowires and nanotubes will generate new knowledge, more publications and a greater number of postgraduate students in this area of specialization.
For Juliano Denardin, the CEDENNA researcher in charge of the project “this equipment, which is unique in Chie, is fundamental for consolidation of the magnetic nanostructure research line and also for the molecular magnetism line of CEDENNA. We can make magnetic characterizations of the materials developed by the different groups in the country in the areas of physics, chemistry and material science that can also access this equipment.”