Workshop to Develop a Pan-American Nanotechnology Network (PNN) as part of the GNN
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 22, 2009
- Envision and Plan the development of a Pan-American Nanotechnology Network
- Involve more Pan-American partners in the GNN
- Familiarize members with the new interactive website.
Jesus Gonzalez Hernandez, Director, CIMAV, Mexico
R.P.H. Chang, Director, Materials Research Institute, Northwestern University, US
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
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)
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) 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.
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
Report 2: Mexico (Jesus Gonzalez)
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
Report 3: Colombia (Pablo Prieto)
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
Report 4: Argentina (Ernesto J Calvo)
los Materiales, Medio Ambiente y Energía (INQUIMAE)
presented an overview of Argentina’s capabilities.
Report 5: Venezuela (Gema Gonzalez)
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC)
introduced Venezelela’s activities in nano research and
Report 6: Chile (Victor Fuenzalida)
Victor Fuenzalida, of the Laboratorio de Superficies y
Nanomateriales, at the Universidad de Chile discussed Chile’s
infrastructure and capabilities in nanotechnology research and
Report 7: Uruguay (Eduardo Mendez)
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
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.