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Martin Restrepo

IEEE Colombia National Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Council


Country: Colombia

City: Bogota DC

Telephone: 57+300+5644260 / 57+1+2355845

Fax: 57+1+2355835

Street Address: Carrera 16 Bis No 50-43

President: Edgar Gonzalez egonzale@javeriana.edu.co

Founded date: 02-Feb-2005

Web: www.nanocolombia.org


Email: nanocolombia@ieee.org




The National Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Council, is an interdisciplinary group, supported by the IEEE Nanotechnology Council, oriented to participate jointly with the Universities, research and development centers, the Industry and the Government in all activities related to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Colombia.

Mission :

To promote and to generate formation tasks, spreading, investigation and technological development in the area of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, as well as to open spaces of joint participation between the academy, the industry and the state at local and regional level to make an appropriation viable, generation and application of the knowledge in this strategic line for century XXI.


Recent Events:

International Conference on Nanotechnology: Present and Future

August 25-26, 2005

Bogota , Colombia

The IEEE Colombia - National Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the IEEE

Nanotechnology Council (NTC) organized a conference 'Nanotecnologia Presente y Futuro' in Bogota on August 25-26, 2005 . The conference was co-sponsored by the IEEE Colombia Section, BAYER Cropsciece, Galante R & A Ltda., Universidad Santo Tomás, Universidad San Buenaventura, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, and Universidad Distrital. The conference was held at the Biblioteca Publica (Public Library) auditorium and attended by about 400 people from all over Columbia . Over 60% of the participants were students from various Colombian universities.


Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology at NASA Ames Research Center and President-elect of IEEE-NTC was the Keynote Speaker. His Keynote lecture titled "Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges" covered nanotechnology as an enabling technology in various sectors of the economy: electronics, computing, memory, data storage, communications, materials, manufacturing, health and medicine, energy, environment, transportation, national security, etc. Besides giving some emerging examples in each of these areas, he also provided a short, medium and long term foreceast of the technologies and products which can be expected.


Dr. Meyyappan also provided two additional lectures during the two day event. The first one focused on the nanoscale properties. Aimed as a tutorial to help the students understand why the nanoscale properties are different from their bulk counterparts, this lecture focused on surface to volume ratio, interfacial properties, and quantum mechanics. Differences in properties such as melting point, specific heat, bandgap, electrical conductivity, color, magnetic properties and others when going from bulk to nanoscale were explained. The second lecture titled "Novel One Dimensional Nanostructures" focused on carbon nanotubes and inorganic nanowires. Growth and characterization of these structures along with their applications in electronics, chemical and biosensors, field emission devices and other areas were covered.


The conference had several organized sessions featuring invited speakers from Colombian organizations. Dr, Carolos Maldonado from CIPE, Externado de Columbia University spoke on the philosophy of the science and nanotechnology and focused on the epistemological status of nanotechnology. He argued a twofold thesis: on the one hand, nanotechnoscience is not just one more chapter in the history of science or technology, but a radical shift that opens new horizons. On the other hand, nanoscience can and must be seen as a new science, namely a cross disciplinary and a border-science. Thus, the question regarding the philosophy of nantechnoscience deals with a science defined by border-problems, which can shed new lights into similar sciences, such the sciences of complex systems, for example. Whilst nanoscale research cannot be seen as reductionist, from a philosophical point of view the core subject lies on the concept of "scale." The concept of nantechnoscience allows a real unification of engineering and science, of construction, manipulation and control of nanophenomena and, at the same time, an explanation of what is being assembled and designed. Throughout such a unity a quite new understanding of science and technology is possible.


The session on Nanotechnology and Cancer featured speakers Esperanza Castellanos (Physics-Medical at Javeriano Oncology Center ), Ivan Hidalgo (CJO Radiotherapist), and Edgar Gonzalez (President of the National Council of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Professor-researcher at Javeriana University and Santo Tomas University ). These talks covered the main techniques of conventional treatment of the cancer with their limitations and problems, as well as future possibilities offered by nanotechnology to improve the procedures of prevention, diagnostic and treatment of illness. Also discussed in detail was the creation and characterization of gold and other nanoshells for cancer diagnostics and treatments.


The conference ended with a 90 minute long panel discussion with panelists Dr. Meyyappan, Dr. Jairo Giraldo of Nacional de Colombia University, Dr. Rafael Rey of Nacional de Columbia University, and Dr. Edgar Gonzalez. The panel focused on nanotechnology as the technology of the 21 st century and how developing countries like Colmubia can participate tn the developments and benefit from it. The panel members answered questions submitted by the audience.


The conference, first of its kind in Colombia and in Latin America , was an extraordinary success. This was evident from the large attendance, enthusiasm of the participants, especially the students and the eagerness they showed to learn more about this important ermerging field. Throughout the conference, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota provided short renderings of Columbian classical music to keep the participants entertained in between various sessions.


Following the conference, the Presidents of the five sponsoring universities signed a memorandum of agreement on August 29, 2005, to work together in developing facilities.


The conference chair was Professor Edgar Gonzalez, Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Santo Tomas. He can be reached at egonzale@javeriana.edu.co. With a tremendously enthusiastic and capable student population but with limited resources, Dr. Gonzalez and his Columbian colleagues are looking for opportunities for collaboration, student and faculty visits (both short and year-long) and other educational exchanges with U.S. , European and Asian universities.


About the IEEE Nanotechnology Council:


The Nanotechnology Council was formed as a multidisciplinary group to advance and coordinate the many nanotechnology scientific, literary and educational endeavors within the IEEE. It has become a focal point in the field and is helping to unite the global nanotechnology community. The Council supports the theory, design, and development of nanotechnology and its scientific, engineering, and industrial applications, nanotechnology-related lectures, symposia and workshops, publishes the "IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology" and other periodicals, and sponsors nanotechnology standards.


The Nanotechnology Council is part of Division I - Circuits and Devices and is made up of 20 member societies:


Aerospace & Electronic System Society (AES)

Antennas & Propagation Society (AP)

Circuits & Systems Society CAS)

Communications Society (COM)

Components, Packaging, & Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT)

Computer Society (C)

Control Systems Society (CS)

Electron Devices Society (ED)

Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMB)

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

Industrial Electronics Society (IE)

Instrumentation & Measurement Society (IM)

Lasers & Electro-Optics Society (LEO)

Magnetics Society (MAG)

Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (MTT)

Neural Network Society (NN)

Reliability Society (RL)

Robotics & Automation Society (RA)

Systems, Man, & Cybernetics Society (SMC)

Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, & Frequency Control Society (UFFC)


Copyright © 2004-2005 Martin Restrepo


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Martin Restrepo

IEEE Colombia National Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Council





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