Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Fraunhofer in Chile

Abstract:
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe's largest applied research organization, is setting up its first research center in South America. On October 22, 2010, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Chilean Ministry of Economic Affairs sign a bilateral agreement giving the go-ahead for an extensive cooperation.

Fraunhofer in Chile

Sankt Augustin, Germany | Posted on October 25th, 2010

Professor Alfred Gossner, the CFO of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, announced "The new Fraunhofer Center for Systems Biotechnology in Chile will create links and bring forth innovations for new markets: links between Germany and Chile, between scientific disciplines, between pure research and the demands of private enterprises." Dr. Gossner signed the bilateral agreement with Juan Andrés Fontaine, the Chilean minister for commercial affairs, in the presence of the Chilean President Dr. Sebastián Piñera and Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in Berlin today. The agreement acknowledges the extensive preparation work on both sides, and clears the way for the new research center to be established in Santiago de Chile.

The Fraunhofer Center for Systems Biotechnology is funded by INNOVAChile, which was created by the governmental economic promotional society CORFO to attract world-class international research institutes to Chile for joint research and development partnerships. Several organizations have been evaluated, but Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the first and so far the only one to receive a funding commitment from the Chilean Government. Partners on the Chilean side are: the two iconic universities Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) and Universidad de Talca, and the private non-profit organization Fundación Chile. The German partner is the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, headed by Professor Rainer Fischer. The foundation of the Center was actively supported by the German-Chilean Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

The Fraunhofer Center for Systems Biotechnology is the first research center to be launched by the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation established on October 4, 2010, and it will work closely with Chilean research organizations and private enterprises. The research carried out at the new Center will benefit from and make a long-lasting contribution to Chile's pioneering spirit and economic strength, reflecting the country's faith in a traditional economy based upon raw materials, agriculture, aquaculture and the sustainable use of natural resources. Systems biotechnology is an emerging field in life sciences that aims to develop an understanding of the complex and dynamic processes in cells, organisms and even ecosystems at the systems level. This is achieved by creating computer models and mathematical simulations, which are then applied to problems in biotechnology using a combination of large-scale laboratory experiments and computational biology.

German and Chilean researchers will combine their strengths to develop and optimize a wide range of technologies that will be used to develop rapid tests for fish diseases and more effective fish vaccines (partnership with Fundación Chile), to develop new nanotechnology solutions to remove pesticide residues from beverages and purify waste water (partnership with Universidad de Talca) and to improve the performance of enzymes and increase the efficiency of biomass utilization in the energy industry (partnership with PUCV).

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Eckart Bierduempel
Fraunhofer
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Schloss Birlinghoven
53754 Sankt Augustin
Germany

Tel: +49-2241-14-2256
Fax: +49 2241 14-2288

Copyright © CORDIS

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Argon is not the 'dope' for metallic hydrogen March 24th, 2017

Promising results obtained with a new electrocatalyst that reduces the need for platinum: Researchers from Aalto University have succeeded in manufacturing electrocatalysts used for storing electric energy with one-hundredth of the amount of platinum that is usually needed March 24th, 2017

Leti Presents Advances in Propagation Modeling and Antenna Design for mmWave Spectrum: Paper Is One of 15 that Leti Presented at European Conference on Antennas and Propagation March 19-24 March 23rd, 2017

Rice U. refines filters for greener natural gas: New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity March 23rd, 2017

Openings/New facilities/Groundbreaking/Expansion

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Expands to Meet Worldwide Customer Demand: Company invests for capacity growth in the United States, Germany, China and Singapore February 10th, 2017

Portable superconductivity systems for small motors: Cambridge University lab achieves a breakthrough for portable superconductivity systems that are applicable for small motors, health care and other uses February 8th, 2017

New Agricultural Research Center Debuts at UCF October 12th, 2016

Nexeon Establishes Base in Asia October 11th, 2016

Announcements

Argon is not the 'dope' for metallic hydrogen March 24th, 2017

Promising results obtained with a new electrocatalyst that reduces the need for platinum: Researchers from Aalto University have succeeded in manufacturing electrocatalysts used for storing electric energy with one-hundredth of the amount of platinum that is usually needed March 24th, 2017

Rice U. refines filters for greener natural gas: New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity March 23rd, 2017

Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light: Rice University lab turns transition metals into practical catalyst for solar, other applications March 23rd, 2017

Food/Agriculture/Supplements

Meta-lenses bring benchtop performance to small, hand-held spectrometer: Game-changing nanostructure-based lenses allow smaller devices, increased functionality February 9th, 2017

PCATDES Starts Field Testing of Photocatalytic Reactors in South East Asia December 28th, 2016

News from Quorum: The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA uses a Quorum Cryo-SEM preparation system for the study of mites, ticks and other soft bodied organisms November 22nd, 2016

Water, water -- the two types of liquid water: Understanding water's behavior could help with Alzheimer's research November 11th, 2016

Energy

Argon is not the 'dope' for metallic hydrogen March 24th, 2017

Rice U. refines filters for greener natural gas: New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity March 23rd, 2017

Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light: Rice University lab turns transition metals into practical catalyst for solar, other applications March 23rd, 2017

Researchers develop groundbreaking process for creating ultra-selective separation membranes: Discovery could greatly improve energy-efficiency of separation and purification processes in the chemical and petrochemical industries March 15th, 2017

Water

Rare-earths become water-repellent only as they age March 22nd, 2017

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings February 11th, 2017

Tough aqua material for water purification: Decontamination of water with a robust and sustainable membrane assembled from 2 synergistically working components January 24th, 2017

Scientists have discovered a new state of matter for water January 2nd, 2017

Research partnerships

Argon is not the 'dope' for metallic hydrogen March 24th, 2017

Rice U. refines filters for greener natural gas: New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity March 23rd, 2017

Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light: Rice University lab turns transition metals into practical catalyst for solar, other applications March 23rd, 2017

Pulverizing e-waste is green, clean -- and cold: Rice, Indian Institute researchers use cryo-mill to turn circuit boards into separated powders March 21st, 2017

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project