The announcement was made by Conicyt, through its Associative Research Program, PIA. The main center for nanoscience and nanotechnology in the country is led by the academic of the Department of Physics of the University of Santiago, Dr. Dora Altbir, and is made up of 47 researchers, 31 postdocs and 180 pre and postgraduate students, from 11 universities throughout Chile.
The Associative Research Program, PIA, of the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), announced the renewal of funding from the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, CEDENNA, which houses the University of Santiago de Chile, up to the year 2021 in the framework of the “Support to Scientific and Technological Centers of Excellence with Basal Funding 2018”.
One of the focuses of the work that CEDENNA has carried out in recent years is the link with the private sector to achieve the transfer of the technologies it develops. New joint projects with Chilean and foreign companies have generated diverse products such as sensors for biological and mining applications, elimination of water contaminants and new food packaging.
Among its results in nine years can be mentioned more than 1,000 publications indexed in WOS, 26 technologies protected by patent applications in Chile and abroad, and 500 graduate students in pre and postgraduate.
“This new renovation of the Center fills us with pride: CEDENNA faithfully represents the seal of this university, an institution that conducts border research and that contributes to the solution of country problems,” says the rector of the University of Santiago de Chile. Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEDENNA, Dr. Juan Manuel Zolezzi Cid.
In this regard, its director, Dr. Dora Altbir, indicates that “we are convinced that the nano world already has, and will increasingly have, a great impact in this country, as a center we are leading new technologies in areas such as environment, mining , food packaging, nanosafety, among others, and we feel committed to respond to the trust that different bodies have placed in us in this renewal “.