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The meeting was held within the framework of the execution of a FONDECYT project and support for Ineergies and the Directorate of Research and Development.

In the framework of the FONDECYT project "Solar Cell Manufacturing of low cost and low toxicity" led by the researcher of the University of La Serena, Dr. Carlos Rodríguez, an important presentation was made on the subject that was attended by the Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the National University of Mar del Plata (Argentina) and CONICET researcher, Dr. Marcela Vásquez, who has more than 10 years experience in solar cells and more than 15 scientific articles in the area.

The meeting, which took place at the Technological Center of the Faculty of Engineering (CETECFI), brought together students belonging to the GIMEGA Group and its main objective was to discuss the results of the FONDECYT project and, in addition, obtain its guidance in the manufacturing process of prototypes and measurement of efficiency. This last measure, described by Dr. Rodriguez as "extremely important because it tells us how much of the light received by the solar cell we are making, is converted into useful electrical energy".

gimega2Dr. Vásquez dictated two talks; one of a closed nature, only for the members of the research group, where it showed its progress and the possibilities of international collaboration were also discussed. In that instance, the professional showed her main advances in thin film solar cells, where the emphasis was on low costs and low toxicity.

The second talk was held openly for the university community and was also linked to the activities of the Doctorate program in Energy, Water and Environment, where a conversation was generated about the manufacture of thin films with applications for photovoltaic solar energy and to avoid corrosion of concrete structures in coastal areas.

"The visit of Dr. Vázquez has been one of the most enriching experiences of my academic career, she is an excellent professional and person, who was always open to share her experience and knowledge with all of us who are beginning our research in the area. ; We are in talks to apply for joint international projects and, personally, I hope to receive it during the 2019 again. The University of La Serena has always had the policy of open doors on these issues, especially considering that it has been understood that Renewable Energy is one of the important seals that is cultivating the house of studies, "said Dr. Carlos Rodríguez .

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