Thursday, 04 de May

Eduardo Molina will work on the characterization of the Liquiñe-Ofqui Fault zone, together with the group of CEGAS´s researchers from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Eduardo Molina holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Granada (Spain) and has been living in Chile for about a year. He came with his wife with the motivation to find new challenges, trusting that many times the opportunities appear face-to-face, knocking doors. “I came on vacation and searching at the same time. In Chile, I contacted CEGA and I could realize that much of what I was doing on the field of characterization of petrophysical properties, was connected to the study of geothermal systems.”

He says that this possibility was attractive because it meant expanding the field of application of his knowledge: “It is a drastic change of subject. In Spain I focused on the protection of historical heritage, working for the Alhambra Palace in the characterization of the materials, stone deterioration patterns and their quality and durability indices, among other things.”

In Chile, all his experience will be applied with the team led by Gloria Arancibia, CEGA´s associate researcher. Specifically, he will participate in studies that take place in the Liquiñe-Ofqui fault zone, one of the major geological fault in the southern Chile.

As CEGA´s postdoctoral researcher, Eduardo will apply different techniques and methodologies for the petrophysical characterization of this fault zone: “It is a task of big relevance for Chile. With all the geothermal potential the country must study from all angles a system, especially because each one is different”, emphasizes the researcher.

Eduardo also hopes to learn other lessons during his stay. In this regard, he reflects: “When you leave your country you open to other forms of work, you meet people and new ideas or projects begin to appear. If you like research it is necessary to travel. The wider the network, the better it will be for your professional development.