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.



Waste Recycling to Build Houses

Universidad Tecnológica Nacional - Facultad Regional Santa Fé


Researchers from the UTN Santa Fe work in the production of panels based in a residue coming from cotton production and ginning. During the elaboration of the panels there is no production of health harmful emissions and besides, they are very cheap. The possibility of recycling the waste and producing alternative materials for building are the premises which encourage research.



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.



Development of an Intelligent Irrigation System

Universidad Nacional de San Juan - Facultad de Ingeniería


A team of researchers from the Instituto de Automática developed humidity sensors which permit to save water and energy. The group of electronic elements and specific software makes up a system of intelligent irrigation control which is being applied. Between the uses of the new system there is the possibility of extending the area to cultivations and to regulate humidity, the optimization of the final properties of the agricultural product.



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.



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.


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