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Chile's Minister for Mining Visits Trinity

Posted on 7 November 2014

Chilean Minister of Mining

The Chilean Minister of Mining, Ms Aurora Williams, recently visited Trinity College Dublin. The aim of the visit was to meet Chilean students studying at Ireland’s leading university and learn about the progress of various projects that could be undertaken in collaboration between the Ministry of Mines in Chile and Trinity College Dublin.

During the visit Ms Williams was presented with six projects that Trinity has developed and initiated with Chile in the area of raw materials in the last two years.  In particular, the Minister expressed that some projects could be developed in conjunction with Cochilco and Enami, Chilean Copper Commission and Chilean Mining Corporation.

The projects presented to the Minister have been the result of a four year interaction with Chilean institutions. Chilean Research Fellow, Dr Damaris Fernandez, working at Trinity’s School of Chemistry and CRANN (the Trinity Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) developed the initial concepts together with the Chilean teams. The projects presented will be led by Trinity academics Professor Michael Lyons (Chemistry/CRANN), Professor Paul Coughlan (Business), Professor Eileen Drew (Wiser initiative) and Professor Sylvia Draper (Chemistry/CRANN), and will aim to include new technologies and perspectives into the mining activities of the Chilean country, promoting further collaboration with industry and academics in this country.

Chile, with a population corresponding to the 0.5% of the world, and a surface equivalent to the 0.4%, is by far the leading global copper producer, providing 30% of the world consumption needs. Chile is also a leading producer of other raw materials such as Lithium and Molybdenum. During the visit representatives from the Ministry and Trinity made an agreement to strengthen the relationship between the institutions, and plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding have been envisaged in the near future, to promote collaborative education, research and innovation activities.