I will present the current state of R & D in the fields of condensed matter, novel materials, and nanotechnology in Colombia. I will initially consider Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to then visualize individual developments, as well as those for the region as a whole in these fields of knowledge in each of the nations constituting the Andean Region (Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, Peru, and Colombia). Based on Science & Technology watch exercises in the countries involved, along with the Iberian American and Inter-American Science & Technology Network of Indicators. Nanotechnology activities in Colombia will be presented from the perspective of the Excellence Center for Novel Materials. The CENM (www.cenm.org) is part of a high-priority national effort supported primarily by COLCIENCIAS and integrated by 19 recognized multidisciplinary research groups from 10 universities across the nation. Additionally, the Center receives international support from world-renowned institutes on materials research. Research work at CENM is organized around 4 Interdisciplinary Research Themes (IRTs): Advanced Coatings, Composite Materials, Nano-magnetism and Solid-State Devices, Sensors, and Mesoscopic Systems. The primary objectives at CENM center on developing basic scientific research programs to coordinate and facilitate research and education in materials science throughout the nation in materials science, physics of condensed matter, chemistry of materials, and engineering of materials to prepare scientists and engineers at the undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD levels and to provide post-doctoral studies in said areas. Furthermore, CENM will facilitate the transfer of technology developed at the Center to laboratories and Colombian industry by way of joint research and mutual support interactions to solidify inter-institutional collaboration and the study of modern materials through advanced tools at the experimental and theoretical levels. Besides solving specific research problems, this Scientific Center will address an important educational objective: that of preparing young researchers in these fields. This will be carried forth by involving undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctorate candidates in pertinent research issues.
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