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ANTUNES, Adelaide Maria de Souza and MENEZES, Rodrigo Pio Borges. Knowledge generation by analysis of chemical product grades. Quím. Nova [online]. 2005, vol.28, suppl., pp. S100-S103. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422005000700019.
Technological innovation connects competitiveness and knowledge. In Brazil, knowledge is mainly concentrated in the universities which undertake R&D. This article aims to show the importance of Brazilian university extension activities, which transfer knowledge to society, contributing, in the case of the chemical sector, to a reduction in the country's total trade deficit of around US$8.5 billion, which is result of the importation of innumerable products. On the other hand, developed countries are resorting to technical barriers, which impose documentation and regulations based on testing products for conformity with standards. This demands a technical and scientific infrastructure, concentrated in the universities.
Keywords : knowledge; chemical product grades; university extension activities.