First MIGA meeting delivered important research breakthroughs and new challenges

The activity brought together more than 80 attendees, including students, professionals and researchers from the research centre. During the meeting, advances in the different lines of research were presented and important discussions and work sessions were held among those present.
28 November 2023 by
Federico Bierwirth

The first meeting of the MIGA Millennium Institute was a milestone since its creation in 2022, as for the first time it brought together a large part of the research and executive team. The aim of the meeting was to update all those present on the research being carried out, to exchange views and to establish collaborations between the different laboratories and work teams.

The meeting was held in the Dr. Victor Pillón Auditorium of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the Catholic University, located on the San Joaquín Campus in Santiago. Mauricio Isaacs, director of MIGA, opened the day by showing the institutional advances of 2023, on issues related to human capital, activities and/or participations carried out by the institute, and major milestones achieved by each line.

The first guests from the Metropolitan Region, Bernardo O'Higgins, Maule and De Los Rios, among others, began arriving early on Friday 24 November.

This was followed by a series of talks in which two representatives from each line presented their research. During this space, relevant topics such as "Oxidation and reduction reactions related to electrolytic ammonia breakdown", "Improvement of cathodes for SOFC" and "Design of hydrogen/ammonia production chains in compliance with green production certificates", among many others, were presented.

John Riquelme, researcher of line 5, "I found this experience of getting together very interesting as it was a great opportunity to get to know what others are doing. I hope that, without a doubt, these meetings will continue over time, as sometimes there is research that we find difficult to understand, and without knowing it, this research can have an impact on my work, whether it is the development of a technology, a catalyst or a material. I hope to see you again at the next meeting," he says.

"I found this experience of getting together very interesting as it was a great opportunity to get to know what others are doing” 

John Riquelme, researcher of line 5 

On the other hand, Antonio Véliz, a master's student and researcher from line 3, who came from Curicó to participate in the meeting, said that "I thought it was very good because it allowed us to meet with the other lines and see what they are researching, and also to give our points of view, receive feedback, exchange opinions and ideas," he said.

After the first part was finished, a poster session began where some of the researchers presented their work, which allowed a new instance of interaction between all the lines. Finally, some of the attendees worked in groups in order to give their views on MIGA, the next steps and their vision of the scientific centre.

Caroline Silva, a young researcher on line 3, appreciated all that it means to interact in person with the whole team and share visions of the different research. "This meeting was very important. I am in Valdivia and it was very good to meet many people I only knew by name. I think that today we found solutions to some of the research problems that sometimes arise, so that we can continue to move forward. We hope that these meetings will be repeated because we can discuss science, and the newer ones can understand the dynamics of MIGA," concludes the researcher.

MIGA is a scientific research centre funded by the Millennium Science Initiative and is composed of researchers from the Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Universidad Austral and Universidad de Talca.  The aim is to search for and sustainably produce NH3 by electrochemical means using renewable energy, leading to a reduction of emissions and energy consumption in the process.

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