The areas of mutual interest between the two centers include microalgae systems for producing renewable energy and chemicals and microbial electrochemistry. Two Tec graduate students (Sara Cuellar and Ornella Hernández) were visiting students in the Swette Center, and their excellent experience led Drs. Parra and Rittmann to pursue the formal collaboration plan, which is funded by Tec de Monterrey. The program, which as just begun, has a minimum three-year life and is designed to lead to long-term collaboration that is externally funded.
Dr. Rittmann participated in a research planning workshop in Monterrey in early July. The picture of the mother duck and her ducklings was taken by Dr. Rittmann on the Tec campus. Perhaps it is an apt symbol of the growing influence of the Swette Center.