The researcher from the Department of Food Science and Technology and the Packaging Laboratory (Laben) of the Universidad de Santiago de Chile and the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), Dr. Francisco Rodríguez, received the certificate for a new technology project grant in the area of plastic fruit packaging, which was awarded in the framework of the 19th FONDEF Grant Competition for Research Projects for Innovation and Development.
The research project, titled “Application of nanotechnology to develop a new ethylene absorber oriented to the production of packaging for climacteric fruit”, was among 26 projects approved for a total amount of over 16.3 million US dollars.
The objective of the project is to develop a plastic package for climacteric fruit with the capacity of removing ethylene in order to delay maturation, in particular during transport, when maturation can determine the shelf life of this type of food.
The project will receive $US 480,000 over a 36-month period. The project will include the participation of the private companies Maderas Bravo, Clariant Colorquímica and San Jorge Packaging. The project, led by Dr. Rodríguez, will be supported by other CEDENNA researchers, among them doctors Abel Guarda, María José Galotto, Julio Bruna and Carmen Pizarro.
The 19th FONDEF Competition for Innovation and Development seeks to promote links among research institutions, the private sector and other bodies involved in research projects applied to the private sector or the public interest. Its purpose is to encourage the competitiveness of the national economy and improvement in the quality of life of the population.