Nanotechnology Research around the world. This week: Brazil

Publicado em 23/05/2012
Nano Bugle, em 23/05/2012

The National Laboratory of Synchrotron Light LNLS is located in Campinas (South Brazil), together with the University of Campinas UNICAMP (Brazil)

The National Laboratory of Synchrotron Light LNLS www.lnls.br is located in Campinas (South Brazil), together with the University of Campinas UNICAMP, www.unicamp.br. Professor Fernando Galembeck of the Institute of Chemistry at UNICAMP has played a leading role in the development of nanotechnology research strategy in Brazil.

Brazil was one of the first developing countries to build a synchrotron light source. The National Laboratory of Synchrotron Light Source (LNLS) was open to Brazilian and international users in 1997, providing then with a so-called second generation 1.37 GeV/250 mA storage ring and beam lines covering most of the important areas of experimental science with synchrotron radiation – an important improvement in the conditions for developing research of international level for the region.

During the last 15 years the world has witnessed fast advancements in the applications of synchrotron radiation to scientific and technological activities: new disciplines became active users of this tool, pushing the evolution of its technology. The synchrotron radiation sources of third generation are thousands of times more brilliant than the previous sources, allowing for many breakthroughs in experimental techniques. If Brazil is to keep its pace of development its important, among many other actions, to keep updated in such an important area, to help the country to improve its competence in strategic areas such as nanoscience, molecular biology, advanced materials, energy, etc.

LNLS has been working in the design of a new synchrotron radiation source (Sirius) since the beginning of 2009, with brilliance comparable to those in planning or construction phases around the world. The design also includes some innovations in order to reduce investment and operational costs. The planned result is considered to be an important tool for the development of the country.

More information:

National Laboratory of Synchrotron Light LNLS
University of Campinas UNICAMP
Caixa Postal 6192
CEP 13083-970
Campinas – SP

lnlscomunica@abtlus.org.br

http://www.lnls.br/

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