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Electronic Microscopy Laboratory inaugurated for mineralogical and materials analysis

It is a scanning laboratory that has cutting-edge technology and is the first in Latin America in electronic microscope systems.

This Thursday, the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, inaugurated the Advanced Electronic Microscopy Laboratory for mineralogical and materials analysis in Sartenejas, Baruta municipality of Miranda state.

It is a scanning laboratory that has cutting-edge technology and is the first in Latin America in electronic microscope systems.

The director of the Materials Technology Center of the Engineering Institute Foundation for Technological Research and Development, Miriam Suárez, said that the analysis of materials is fundamental for the scientific and technological development of any country.

In this regard, he explained that they have two new microscopes in these spaces. One, which is the TM4100, is aimed at mineralogical analysis.

"Here we can do analysis of metallurgy, materials, everything that is the subject of reverse engineering, characterization of mechanical parts and pieces, we can also do analysis of rocks, chemical composition, analysis, in addition, in the agricultural part of seeds see all which is the morphological part,” he said.

In addition, the characterization of chemical elements that are present and determine the microstructure.

Likewise, it has software that is for gunshot trace analysis, very important and unique in the country. He stressed that it will allow State security agencies to determine at a given moment if a bullet corresponds to the weapon.

On the other hand, the microscopes can be connected remotely so that researchers do not need to be present.

“They send the sample to the laboratory and we can do all the material analysis here and he simply connects from his laptop wherever he is in the national territory,” Suárez said.

Rejection of sanctions

In relation to this, President Maduro highlighted that unilateral coercive measures could not stop the country's advance.

“We are creating the technology and we are taking it forward, overcoming blockades and sanctions,” he expressed.

In this sense, Minister Jiménez recalled that a significant shipment of electronic microscopes were blocked in 2017, by a North American company that denied licenses after their acquisition. “A mission from the United Nations system visited us five years ago and we toured the universities, the evidence was presented and the scientists gave their testimonies and the documents that certify that the microscopes are blocked by the United States government,” refers to the State channel.

He explained that a company called Thermo Fisher, in 2022, issued a report detailing how unilateral coercive measures affected the national science and technology system of Venezuela, restricting our right to development, “that document reached the United States government. United States making an appeal to respect contracts, and until today they have not given answers. We looked for a way to bring them, they arrived camouflaged, and Venezuelan scientists are operating them in real time, and others will come to the universities.”

The Minister also stressed that different universities and research centers will be able to connect to this laboratory.

He added that other microscopes of this type will arrive in the country for universities.


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