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.
In an extended working session with Dr. Dora Altbir, the Director of the Center for the Development of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience and an expert in this area of science, the Superintendent for the Arica and Parinacota Region, Dr. Emilio Rodríguez Ponce offered his complete support to the future development of this new technology that promises to radically change productive and research in all fields of human activity. The Rector of the University of Tarapacá, the former General Director of Research, Dr. Arturo Flores Franulic, the Rector’s head of staff Alvaro Palma and Professor David Laroze also attended the meeting.
Dr. Dora Altbir provided details about the working meeting with the Superintendent and representatives of the University of Tarapacá: “We explored the possibility of developing a joint project in the region, considering that nanotechnology has an enormous number of applications in areas like medicine, agriculture, mining and in general in all area, and we believe that this technology can be applied to several regional projects, stated Dr. Altbir.
Dora Altbir discussed the basic concepts of nanotechnology based on particles of material that are generally used in natural sizes or larger, such as iron. However, today these materials can be obtained in nanometric sizes at which they acquire new properties from those they have at larger sizes. These distinct properties can be used in different areas such as medicine, water treatment and communications.
“They are the same materials as exist in nature, except that at the very small scale there properties are different. Our Center is seeking concrete solutions in the regions through nanotechnology,” stated Dr. Altbir.
The Rector of the University of Tarapacá, Arturo Flores Franulic emphasized that the potential for nanotechnology is incalculable and represents the science and technology of the immediate future. “This is the science in vogue, for example in the area of water purification, which is of vital importance in our region. We are going to have a research center in our region and most likely we will focus on removing heavy metals and other materials from water using nanomaterials,” stated the Rector. He added that the University of Tarapacá in its mission to contribute to the regional community joins in supporting the initiative with the Superintendent, Emilio Rodriguez Ponce, who has shown his interest in the potential of nanotechnology in the development of the Region of Arica and Parinacota.