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Materials to store hydrogen, fuel cells made of molecules that better leverage solar energy and spintronics, which will store information in ways never before seen, were among the topics discussed in the "7th Computational Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy Workshop", organized by Andrés Bello.

Chile was the meeting place of 18 world-renowned scientists who investigate molecular material engineering, nanotechnology, new lasers and electronic storage formats. The experts came together during the 7th Computational Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy Workshop" organized by Universidad Andrés Bello, to discuss the latest advances in these lines of scientific development and their potential application to create new technologies or products.

The director of the PhD in Physical Chemistry and Molecular at UNAB, Ramiro Arratia, organized the meeting and highlighted the involvement of universities in world-class scientific meetings and confiemd that "these discussions and the exchange of knowledge is needed to construct the academic partnerships and international projects for future research and investigation."

Conversations regarding the research being carried out with functional molecules to create more efficient solar cells, headed by scientists Gerald Meyer, from the Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University (USA) and Curtis P. Berlinguette from the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment at the University of Calgary (Canada), were among the meeting highlights.

Fueling the future

Energy is one aspect that concerns us today. Oil is highly polluting and increasingly scarce. Hydrogen, which is cheap, non-polluting and readily available, is therefore increasingly viewed as the fuel of the future. But it presents a daunting challenge, how to store it. During the workshop the scientist Jeffrey R. Long, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California (USA) presented the latest developments on new materials that will facilitate this promising energy.

Advances in nanotechnology lasers, a futuristic magnetic memory system called spintronics, quantum relativistic chemistry that can be applied to nuclear waste treatment, the construction of luminescent materials to create biosensors capable of detecting cancer cells, explosives or pollution and the molecular design of drugs were other leading topics presented at the meeting.