Microcapsules to Control Fertility in Cows

Universidad Nacional del Litoral - Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Hídricas


The device designed by researchers of the UNL and the Conicet permits to control and synchronize the cows’ hormonal cycles. It is a more efficient way of cattle production, as it might achieve genetic improvement and minimize the cost, apart from increasing the production of meat. The project was awarded by the Bolsa de Comercio of Santa Fe in the contest “A bet to the Tricentenary”.



Chip Capable of Diagnosing Eye Diseases

Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos - Facultad de Ingeniería


The work of researchers from the Laboratory BioMEMS was the design, simulation and production of nano and micro devices with ophthalmology applications. The particular development of this chip permits to miniaturize tests which are in general carried out in biochemical laboratories, apart from offering greater speed and precision in the results, energy saving, lower costs and an outpatient diagnosis of eye diseases, such as keratoconus.



First Lithium-Ion Battery Vehicle in Latin America

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Facultad de Ingeniería


The electric tricycle developed by researchers in La Plata travelled at the beginning of December along Ruta 2 towards Mar del Plata. It was the first long-distance trip and a fundamental test to evaluate its performance and autonomy. It is the first vehicle in Latin America which works with lithium batteries, a mineral which constitutes a clean energy source and which can become an energetic alternative for Argentina.



Work to Decrease Exhaust Pipes’ Pollution

Universidad Nacional del Litoral - Facultad de Ingeniería Química


New cars already have catalytic converters to eliminate some substances. However, cold start is still a problem. A team of researchers studies a new method to eliminate all the contaminating elements using active metals’ nanoparticles.



The Influence of the Kind of Soil in an Earthquake’s Consequences

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo - Facultad de Ingeniería


Specialists in earthquakes study the case of Mendoza, the geographical environment with the highest seismic activity in the country and state that the damages depend on the soil’s stiffness and the structures on it. The researchers analyze the “effects of the site” in earthquakes, which implies to know the composition of the soil and its degree of stiffness, among other variables. They warn about the need to update building regulations.



Jatropha: A Bush to Get Biodiesel

Universidad Nacional del Litoral - Facultad de Ingeniería Química


This bush fruits contain oil and other subproducts to get renewable energy and, as it is non edible, it doesn’t compete with food. Researchers from the UNL study their potential and determined that the biodiesel obtained is apt for cars and that the fruits’ peel and seeds are used as solid combustible. They analyze biodigestion as an alternative to treat glycerin and flours.


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