Workshop to Develop a Pan-American Nanotechnology Network

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Workshop to Develop a Pan-American Nanotechnology Network (PNN) as part of the GNN

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 22, 2009

Venue

International Conference on Advanced Materials (ICAM 2009) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - organized by the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) .

 


Goals

  1. Envision and Plan the development of a Pan-American Nanotechnology Network
  2. Involve more Pan-American partners in the GNN
  3. Familiarize members with the new interactive website.


Workshop Organizers

Jesus Gonzalez Hernandez, Director, CIMAV, Mexico

R.P.H. Chang, Director, Materials Research Institute, Northwestern University, US


Workshop Attendance

The morning Session was attended by approximately 100 persons representing academic, industrial, and governmental organizations from nine (9) Pan-American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela and two (2) other countries: China and France.

The afternoon planning session was attended by 27 participants from the above-mentioned Pan-American countries.

The workshop was attended by approximately 100 participants from nine (9) Pan-American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Participants came from diverse academic, industrial, and governmental organizations, including:

Centro Atomico Bariloche (CNEA)-Argentina

Instituto de Química Física de los Materiales, Medio Ambiente y Energía (INQUIMAE), University of Buenos Aires-Argentina

Universidad Nacional del Comahue - Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán - Argentina

Centro Brasilero de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF)- Brazil

Instituto de Aeronautica e Espaco (IAE) - Brazil

Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo - Brazil

Institute of Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo - Brazil

Petrobras Research Center - Brazil

Universidade Federal do Parana - Brazil

Universidade Brasilia - Brazil

INCT-Nano - Brazil

Brazilian Materials Research Society - Brazil

Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC) - Brazil

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Brazil

Centro para la Investigación Interdisciplinaria Avanzada en Ciencias de los Materiales (CIMAT) - Chile

Universidad Andres Bello - Chile

Universidad de Chile - Chile

Universidad Federico Santa Maria - Chile

Centro de Excelencia en Nuevos Materiales (CENM) - Colombia

Universidad Autonoma de Occidente - Colombia

LANOTEC-POLIUNA - Costa Rica

Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV) - Mexico

CINVESTAV - Mexico

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) - Mexico

Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales / Materials Research Society of Mexico - Mexico

Universidad de la Republica-Montevideo - Uruguay

Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Southern Office of Aerospace Research and Development AFOSR/SOARD - US

U.S. Army International Technology Center for the Americas (ITC-Americas) - US

Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) Americas - US

Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division - US

National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT) - US

Alfred University - US

Virginia Technical Institute - US

US State Department Jefferson Fellows Program - US

National Science Foundation - US

Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC) - Venezuela


Program Overview

9:30 AM-1:00 PM Envisioning a Pan-American Nanotechnology Network

9:30 AM: Introduction to the GNN and overview of workshop goals (R.P.H. Chang)

 http://www.scribd.com/doc/21462983/GNN-Platform-for-Addressing-Global-Challenges

Overview of the Global Nanotechnology Network and Workshop Goals and General Secretary of the International Union of Materials Research Societies introduced the GNN and cast a vision for creating a PNN.



 

10:00 AM: Reports on Nanotechnology Capacities and Programs from: Argentina (Ernesto Calvo), Brazil (Jose D'Albuquerque e Castro), Chile (Victor Fuenzalida), Colombia (Pablo Prieto), Mexico (Jesus Gonzalez), Venezuela (Gema Gonzalez), US (Bob Chang), Uruguay (E. Méndez)

Report 1: Brazil (Jose d'Albuquerque e Castro)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/22623521/Magnetotransport-in-nanostructures

Jose d´Albuquerque e Castro, Universidade Federal do Rio de

Janeiro (UFRJ) gave a presentation authored by Mario Baibich of the

Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology discussing the history

and infrastructure of the Brazilian Nanotechnology Initiative, launched

in 2004.

 



 

Report 2: Mexico (Jesus Gonzalez)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/21617567/Nanotechnology-in-Mexico

Jesús González, Director of the Centro de Investigación en

Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV) and the Mexican national

contact for Nanotechnology gave an overview of Mexico’s

considerable investment in research equipment and

emphasized the availability of these resources to be shared by

the region.



 

Report 3: Colombia (Pablo Prieto)


http://www.scribd.com/doc/21462692/Physics-in-Andean-Countries-A-Perspective-from-Condensed-Matter-Novel-Materials-and-Nanotechnology

Pedro Prieto, Director of the Centro de Excelencia en Nuevos

Materiales (CENM) described activities at his own research center in

Colombia and gave an overview of development needs in the Andean

countries (including several countries not represented at this

workshop such as Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru), where clear and longterm

policies are needed to establish infrastructure and fund

research.



Report 4: Argentina (Ernesto J Calvo)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/21923320/GNN-Nano-Argentina

Ernesto Calvo, Director of the Instituto de Química Física de

los Materiales, Medio Ambiente y Energía (INQUIMAE)

presented an overview of Argentina’s capabilities.



Report 5: Venezuela (Gema Gonzalez)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/21617418/Nanotechnology-in-Venezuela

Gema Gonzalez, Head of the Engineering Department at the

Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC)

introduced Venezelela’s activities in nano research and

education.



Report 6: Chile (Victor Fuenzalida)

 http://www.scribd.com/doc/21462855/Report-on-Nanotechnology-Capacities-and-Programs-from-Chile

Victor Fuenzalida, of the Laboratorio de Superficies y

Nanomateriales, at the Universidad de Chile discussed Chile’s

infrastructure and capabilities in nanotechnology research and

development.



Report 7: Uruguay (Eduardo Mendez)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/21617475/Nanotechnology-Capacities-and-Programs-From-Uruguay

Eduardo Méndez of the Universidad de la República-Montevideo

gave a presentation co-authored with his colleague, Helena Pardo,

outlining Uruguay’s growing investment and activities in nano

research.



Afternoon Working Sessions  

The afternoon was spent discussing key points of PNN development. Four working groups were formed, each with a leader, a scribe.

The four groups were asked to:

•         Identify which focus area(s) should be given priority

•         Identify the need for joint actions by respective governments, industries, and private foundations.

•         Identify leaders and working groups in each country or region

•         Determine PNN-organization structure, events, programs, joint funding support, etc.

•         Identify potential funding sources to support PNN planning and operations.

•         Identify research topical areas such as information/communication, energy and environment, health and safety, etc.

•         Write a GNN-Rio report to establish PNN and obtain funding support.



 


Working Groups

 


      


Deliverables

Workshop Report

 

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