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NANOTEC wins NSTDA Investors' Day Award at IPITEX 2014

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NANOTEC wins NSTDA Investors’ Day Award at IPITEX 2014

Dr. Thitikorn Boonkoom a researcher at NANOTEC Integrated Nanosystem Lab (INS) gave an outstanding investment pitching performance on Q-Log (fresh food logger) at NSTDA’s Investors’ Day 2014 which was held in conjunction with IPITEX 2014 at BITEC, Bang Na.  A total of 27 teams from various research institutions competed for the Outstanding Presentation Award and the Investment Award. NANOTEC Q-Log was awarded the Outstanding Presentation Award and runner up for the Outstanding Investment Award.  Q-Log is a 3 cm flexible thermal indicator/sensor sticker that the store can stick on the package of food products once it is bought by the consumer. The Q-Log once pressed will inform the consumer via color changes (blue to green to yellow to red)  if the food product is safe for consumption (red means the food is not edible). The response temperature is between zero to four degrees celcius, accuracy is +/- 1 degree celcius, and can be stored in room temperature. Prospective applications for Q-Log is in food sector (bakery and frozen food), and health care sectors. The core technology of Q-Log is natural micro-fluidics for trigger, release, and control reaction.  The Q-Log team consisted of Dr. Paisan Khanchaitit (INS), Dr. Thitikorn Boonkoom (INS), Dr. Supon Manakasettharn (INS), and Dr. Lapporn Vayachuta (Functional Nanomaterials and Interfaces Lab (FNI).  NSTDA Investors’ Day is aimed to uplift the standard of Thailand’s technology and innovation industry. The event is in line with the government policy to strengthen Thailand’s society and economy by uplifting the country’s potential in science and research.  For information on IPITEX 2014, please log on:
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SCG received IP Innovator & Creator Award 2014

Congratulations to SCG and Dr. Wilaiporn Chetanachan, Director of Siam Cement Group (SCG) Corporate Technology Office and member of NANOTEC Executive Board on receiving the IP Innovator & Creator Award 2014 from Khun Chutima Boonyaprapatsorn, Permenent Secretary of Commerce during IPITEX 2014 which is being held from July 18-20 at BITEC BangNa IMG_75931 (Medium)

Technology Update

Parametric amplifier measures multiple qubit states

Researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara have made a type of superconducting parametric amplifier capable of simultaneously measuring the state of multiple quantum bits (or qubits) without disturbing them. The work could be important for developing fault tolerant quantum computing in the future..... pic1


Nanoporous oxide makes good memory device

Oxide-based two-terminal resistive random access memory (RRAM) could be ideal for next-generation “non-volatile” memory applications. Researchers at Rice University in the US have now unveiled one such new RRAM based on a nanoporous silicon oxide structure that switches through an internal vertical nanogap. The device might just be the best candidate to date for replacing existing silicon-based flash memories, says the team.


Plasmonic chip diagnoses diabetes

A plasmonic chip to diagnose type-1 diabetes? This is exactly what researchers at Stanford University have invented. The chip, capable of detecting biomarkers such as insulin-specific autoantibodies, might be used in hospitals and doctors surgeries as a quick and simple way to detect early-stage T1D.


Halide ligands help make all-inorganic devices

Halide, pseudohalide and halometallate ions could be a whole new class of inorganic ligands for semiconducting nanocrystals say researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Halide-capped cadmium selenide nanocrystals, for example, show “decent” charge transport properties with a high carrier mobility of around 12 cm2/V, which compares well with the record mobilities recently seen in the best solution-processed nanocrystal devices made to date. The nanostructures might be good for making all-inorganic field-effect transistors among other devices.

Nano Talk
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NANO Talk "S&T under HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Initiatives"

_DSC8570 (Small)Invitation to attend: NANO Talk on "S&T under HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Initiatives" By: Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong, Chairman of NANOTEC Executive Board and Senior Advisor to NSTDA Date:  Monday July 28 Time: 11:00 - 12:00 Venue:  Innovation Room (NANOTEC, INC 2) (Free registration and Lunch coupon provided) Abstract: In Thailand, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is often referred to as the "Princess of Technology" due to her interest and expertise in applying science for the country's development. This interest in S&T development stems from HRH experiences gained from  from accompanying Their Majesties the King and Queen on frequent visits to rural and remote areas have inspired Her Royal Highness with enthusiasm to help the underprivileged and needy people. Their Majesties the King and Queen had exposed Her Royal Highness to the prominent problems of local children living in poverty and suffering including poor health, poor food quality and lack of education. There are many ways to look at S&T Development and Prof. Dr. Pairash will use this talk to illustrates S&T under HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Initiatives.      

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Design and Engineering: Gaps in R&D system

  IMG_5505 (Small) For research and development agencies like NANOTEC, simply understanding customers’ needs is not sufficient. You must be able to put that understanding into designing and engineering research output or prototypes that your BD unit can present intellectually to potential customers for positive consideration. Being able to do this will separate your research agency from the pack and ahead of competitions.   Recently NANOTEC hosted the visit of Mr. Jeff Hamilton, Medical & Life Science Product Developer to give a talk on “Design & Engineering: Gaps in the R&D System”.  Jeff shared his experiences and insights into developing medical related products/prototypes which he successfully pitched to various companies worldwide. Attending the talk were researchers from Nanomolecular Target Discovery Lab and Nano Delivery System Lab.        


Prof. Gilchrist talk on “Convective Deposition: Fundamentals and Energy Applications”.

On June 5, NANOTEC hosted the visit of Prof. James Gilchrist, Associate Professorship and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA. The visit a tour of NANOTEC lab and a talk on “Convective Deposition: Fundamentals and Energy Applications”. The talk highlighted resulting morphology and various instabilities of uni- and bimodal suspensions that occur when altering the thin film properties during deposition.  In addition, modes to avoid the formation of stripes, streaks, and cracks were also discussed.  NANO Talk is a monthly public forum organized by NANOTEC for researchers and visiting professors to exchange knowledge and be updated on technology trends. Visiting professors to Thailand are encouraged to participate. [caption id="attachment_7013" align="alignnone" width="440"]IMG_7133 (Small) K. Narut Ruchirote (UBE Technical Center (Asia) Limited presenting token of appreciation[/caption] IMG_71301


NANO Talk: Convective Deposition: Fundamentals and Energy Applications

Invitation to attend: NANO Talk: Convective Deposition: Fundamentals and Energy Applications jfg_smSpeaker: Prof. James Gilchrist, Associate Professorship and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 Venue: Innovation Zone (NANOTEC, INC 2, Thailand Science Park) Free Registration to: ABSTRACT: Convective Deposition: Fundamentals and Energy Applications Convective deposition of nano- and microscale particles is used as a scalable nanomanufacturing platform to fabricate a wide array of surface morphologies.  The fundamental mechanism behind self-organization is surface energy driven attraction of particles confined in a thin film of an advancing meniscus. Instead of solely varying surface and colloidal chemistry to control assembly and deposition, this talk will highlight resulting morphology and various instabilities of uni- and bimodal suspensions that occur when altering the thin film properties during deposition.  Modes to avoid the formation of stripes, streaks, and cracks will be discussed.  Likewise, techniques that make this process more robust, such as addition of nanoparticles and lateral vibration will also be described.  Applications include microlens arrays for light emitting diodes (LEDs, OLEDs) and solar cells and membranes for batteries, fuel cells to considerably enhance selective photonic, electronic, or mass transport for various energy and optical applications. About Prof. Gilchrist:  Dr. James Gilchrist is the Class of 1961 Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University. Gilchrist directs the Laboratory for Particle Mixing and Self-Organization with research interests spanning various particle technologies including nanoparticle self-assembly, suspension rheology and transport, hemodynamics, microfluidics, chaotic mixing, and granular dynamics.  To date, this research program has resulted in over 40 invited lectures and over $3.2M in funding from NSF, DOE, NASA, ACS, and Pennsylvania initiatives.  He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the faculty of Lehigh University in 2004, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Illinois. Prior to his current appointment he held the P.C. Rossin Assistant Professorship from 2007-2010 and was a visiting associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.  He was a ACS Petroleum Research Fund New Investigator grant recipient in 2006, the North American Mixing Forum Young Faculty Award recipient in 2007 and currently directs a NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing program for self-assembled particle-based coatings.  


NSTDA Investors' Day 2014 (July 18)

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Increasing value of AEC textile industry (June 27)

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The 4th OTOP Workshop (cosmetic from natural herbs)- Quality Control (June 4)

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Royal SEM images (May 26, 2014)

On May 26, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn paid a royal private visit to NSTDA and Nano Characterization Lab (NCL) at NANOTEC to produce a series of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images on specific items. [gallery ids="6961,6962,6963,6964,6965"]

Nano Safety
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OECD countries address the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

The OECD has recommended its Member Countries apply existing international and national chemical regulatory frameworks to manage the risks associated with manufactured nanomaterials...... logooecd_en (Small)

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Workshop on Implementation of Nanosafety and Ethics Strategic Plan: Action Plan to AEC

In a recent Asian-Pacific Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety (Vol 19, number 3, December 2012), Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, NANOTEC Executive Director emphasized that the number of products currently on the market containing nanomaterials as the critical component or uses nanotechnology in crucial manufacturing process will increase from 1% to 10% in the coming decade. This is a significant increase and one which needs public attention as this may have impact on everyday life. In his recent speech to the participants of the workshop on “The Implementation of Nanosafety and Ethics Strategic Plan: Action Plan to AEC”, Prof. Sirirurg informed that the Thai government approved in 2012 the National Nanosafety and Ethics Policy Framework as the critical check and balance to the National Nanotechnology Policy Initiative to ensure sustainable development of nanotechnology. “The workshop will help to strengthen the understanding of the safety aspects of nanotechnology for representatives from associated organizations; government, public, and private sector, and will allow for establishment of the action plan for the Nanosafety and Ethics Strategic Plan 2012-2016” said Prof. Sirirurg. “In order to implement the action plan of Nanosafety and Ethics Strategic Plan, effectively and comprehensively, we must focus not only on the planning process, but the monitoring and evaluation process”. The workshop which was held on April 2 at Thailand Science Park was funded by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Swiss Confederation, and organized by NANOTEC and NSTDA. The workshop was held in conjunction with the NSTDA Annual Conference 2013 (NAC 2013). Speaking on behalf of Swiss Confederation, Mrs. Daniela Schneider extended her gratitude to the Thai government for their leadership in promoting public awareness to the emerging issue of nano technology and manufactured nano materials. “Thailand has set an important example in the Asian region by creating an agency to coordinate the management of nanotechnology at a national level” said Daniela. “We believe that Thailand has the potential to take a leading role in this exciting new area at the regional or sub-regional level and we are willing to support such sub-regional collaboration”. Also echoing Daniela’s comment is Mr. Georg Karlaganis, Training Advisor, Chemicals and Waste Management Program, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) who said that in the field of nano safety management Thailand is ahead compared to others. He went on to say that the public engagement activities in Thailand set a good introductory example for other countries to follow. This is not the first time that the 4 organization have join force to organize a public engagement activity. In 2012 a public seminar was held in Khon Kaen province during NanoThailand 2012 to address the topic of “Society, Nanosafety and Ethics on Nanotechnology Development”. The various nanosafety workshops that have been organized by the 4 organization in the past stemmed from the signed 2011 NANOTEC- UNITAR Memorandum of Agreement to implement a Training and Capacity Building for the Development of the Nano-Safety Pilot project in Thailand (phase 1). Based on the positive results of the phase 1 project and from the clear message of SAICM ICCM3 Nairobi meeting, UNITAR & Swiss Confederation have decided to continue support for a second phase of the nano pilot projects with NANOTEC. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]

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Seminar on Nano-Characterization and Testing service for AEC opens

With the increase in nano related products in the market and the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the question of safety becomes an even bigger concern for the consumer. In a recent Asian-Pacific Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety (Vol 19, number 3, December 2012), Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, NANOTEC Executive Director emphasized that the number of products currently on the market containing nanomaterials as the critical component or uses nanotechnology in crucial manufacturing process will increase from 1% to 10% in the coming decade. This is a significant increase and one which needs public attention as this may have impact on everyday life. To give priority to this topic, NANOTEC joined the NSTDA Annual Conference 2013 (NAC 2013) to organize a seminar at Thailand Science Park under the theme “Nano-Characterization and Testing Service for AEC”. The seminar looks at nanoscale analytical testing, regulations of nanoproducts, testing techniques, metrological at nanoscale, and the approach to using NanoQ in Thailand. Over 150 participants from public, academia, and private sector attended the seminar.
“The AEC landscape is quite complex given the fact that there are more people, more competition, more movement of capital and technology, and more movement of human resources” said Dr. Chainarong Cherdchu, Senior Advisor at NANOTEC. “The importance of having conformity of standards and quality especially in measurement will be an important topic once AEC comes of age. Therefore, it is necessary that we all become aware and understands exactly what is involved”. NanoQ label also took front stage with a presentation by Mr. Por Punyaratabandhu, Chairman of NanoQ Label, Nanotechnology Association of Thailand. The talk entitled “The Practical Approach: NanoQ” provides information on the benefits of NanoQ label to 4 private sector groups: ceramic, plastic, textile, and paints. The first NanoQ label was presented in September 2012 to Supreme Products Co.,Ltd. The NanoQ label certified that the paint formulation produced by Supreme Product for use in coating the inside of the ambulance contains silver nano particles that have characteristics of anti bacteria. The testing of the paint formulation samples was performed by researchers at Nano Characteristic Lab at NANOTEC. This certification is good for 2 years. Since then, the association has received interest from various companies inquiring about the application for NanoQ label for their product. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]

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3rd Thailand-Korea Nanobiotechnology Joint Research Meeting opens

The 3rd Thailand – Korea Nanobiotechnology Joint Research Meeting opened this morning with Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, NANOTEC Executive Director presenting the Opening Remarks. According to Prof. Sirirurg the meeting provides a venue for interaction and mixing between nanobiotechnology researchers that will create the research sparks that the local research community needs. Prof. Sirirurg gestured a symbolic comparison of the gathering to that of the late Steve Jobs push for human interaction and creativity at his Pixar Animation Studio in the USA. Prof. Sirirurg told the story of the 2 bathrooms at Steve Jobs’ Pixar Animation studio. According to Prof. Sirirurg, Steve Jobs insisted there be only two bathrooms in the entire Pixar studios, and that these would be in the central space. And of course this is very inconvenient. No one wants to have to walk 15 minutes to go to the bathroom. And yet he insisted that this is the one place everyone has to go every day. If you do happen to visit Pixar, ask them about their 'bathroom story.' They all talk about the great conversation they had while washing their hands. He went on to say that Steve Jobs wanted there to be mixing. He knew that the human friction makes the sparks, and that when you're talking about a creative endeavor that requires people from different cultures to come together, you have to force them to mix; that our natural tendency is to stay isolated, to talk to people who are just like us, who speak our private languages, who understand our problems. But that's a big mistake. And so his design was to force people to come together even if it was just going to be in the bathroom. Leading the Korean team was Dr. Bong Hyun Chung, Director of BioNanotechnology Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB). “The field of convergence is one of the key engines for economic growth and creation of jobs under the new government” said Prof. Chung. “When there is successful commercialization of new technology, this helps to contribute to the economy of any nation”. Prof. Chung went on to inform that the new Korean government has assigned science and technology portfolio to be under the Ministry of Future, Creation and Science (MFCS). The new ministry will be involved in promoting investment in research and development. The 3 days meeting from March 29-31 in Bangkok is organized by NANOTEC and KRIBB to promote research collaboration opportunities between Thailand and Korea. A total of 25 experts took turn to present technical papers and exchange dialogue on selected research projects. In addition, the program also included the Networking and Discussion session on 4 themes: Nanomedicine, NanoSafety, and NanoBiosensor. The 4th meeting in 2014 will take place in Korea hosted by KRIBB. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]

Thailand Science Park

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Thailand's investment in infrastructure to support R&D: The Thailand Science Park

Thailand participate at 3rd ICCM

Thailand participate at 3rd ICCM

Dr. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Director of NANOTEC (Thailand's Nanotechnology Center) spoke at the plenary session of SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management) about nanosafety and nano ethics in Thailand at the 3rd ICCM (International Conference on Chemical Management) on 18 September 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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BBC Click (edited version)

 Using nanotechnology for natural disaster mitigation in Thailand IMG_1400 (Medium) To watch this video, please press this link.