This statement was made during the visit of the Secretary of State to the most important nanoscience center in Chile, CEDENNA, which works
in scientific research and education on developments at the nanoscale, that is, in dimensions of thousandths of millimeters.
The center is composed of a multidisciplinary team of scientists of excellence, with the most modern equipment in Latin America.
Food packaging that increases shelf-life and a solar filter with Antarctic plants are some of the solutions created at the Center for the Development of
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Cedenna), which was visited by the Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Luis Felipe Céspedes.
Speaking on this occasion, Céspedes highlighted the work being done by Chilean scientists in the search for real solutions in diverse fields like mining,
agriculture, food packaging, aquaculture and even cosmetics.
“We face a great challenge to interest more companies interested in this type of technology based on nanotechnology because it can have an impact on the
productivity and competitiveness of businesses. We need the private sector to view this type of center as fundamental motor of competitiveness.” stated
The Minister was emphatic that the call is to companies to learn about this type of research and to view it as a fundamental tool for the development of
more and better products. We have transform our economy into one based on knowledge, innovation, research and development, and to do this we need
the private sector to come on board.” Cedenna’s Director, Dora Altbir, stated that “we invite Chilean business to consider nanotechnology when they want to solve a problem that appears complicated in the context of current technology. I am sure that we can find different and very useful solutions. We invite them to get to know us and together we can consider the possibility of incorporating nanoparticles in their
different lines of production”.
The doctor in Exact Sciences with a major in Physics continued, “our global reputation is at an excellent level, to the point that we are working to find
solutions to highly complex technological problems in cooperation with, for example, the United States Air Force.” Based on the global market trends, it is estimated that sales of nanotechnology products in 2018 will reach 3.5 trillion US dollars.
The center was born in September 2009 at the end of the first government of President Michelle Bachelet, when the CEDENNA project was one of five
scientific and technological centers of excellence that received core funding from CONICYT.
The Center is currently composed of 60 Chilean and other doctors that study, design, create, synthesize, manipulate and apply materials apparatus and
functional systems through the control of materials at the nanoscale, like the exploitation of phenomena and totally new properties.
The main research lines are: magnetic and laminar nanostructures, nanostructure chemistry, physical chemistry, simulations, packaging
technology and nanobiomedicine.
Among the solutions developed by Cedenna are:
– Detector of listeria monocytogenes in food;
– An antibacterial spray based quillay and eucalyptus that harmless to humans;
– Antioxidant gel for rejuvenating skin and treating burns;
– Controlling chronic pain through nanoscience;
– Sensors for mining;
– Anti-rust paint for ship hulls;
– Sensor that measures the quantity of boron in the water;
– Removing arsenic and heavy metals from drinking water through the use of nanoparticles.