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Kick off meeting with H-Guard

A kick off meeting on Bioconvergence Technology collaboration between NANOTEC and H-Guard of Korea opened this morning (Nov 24) at the Holiday Inn in Chiangmai. A total of 16 researchers took turns giving technical presentations on research activities related to nanosensors and nanobiotechnology. Further discussions are to take place between Nov 25-26 to identify specific research interests. IMG_03882  

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Nano Smart Soil Mobile Unit joins Chulalongkorn Watergate 118th Anniversary Celebration

The Nano Smart Soil Mobile Unit from NANOTEC joins the Pathumthani Governor in celebrating the 118 Years of the operation of Chulalongkorn Watergate on Nov 18, 2014. The theme of the celebration is traditional, that means that everyone attending the celebration party must wear traditional dress and join in activities depicting the era of 1889. It was at this watergate that the Nano Smart Soil Mobile Unit performed its first field test with water hyacinth on Oct 1, 2014. As part of its promotion activity, members of the NANOTEC team distributed sample smart soil. The mobile unit was also on a standby for visit. [Ac08_SmartSoil-Rangsit

 

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Carbon nanotubes indiscriminately boost transistors

Organic thin-film-transistor technology has been attracting avid interest, particularly for flexible electronics and devices that interface with biological systems. However, charge carrier injection efficiency is a key performance limitation. Now researchers have demonstrated improved performance using carbon nanotube (CNT) electrodes for organic thin-film transistors with various different morphologies and structures.....

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/59276

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Only the fittest lattice optics will survive

Researchers at Northwestern University in the US say that they have designed new types of artificially structured optical materials able to manipulate light in hitherto unimaginable ways. The “lattice opto-materials” as they have been dubbed were developed using Darwinian evolutionary principles thanks to a special algorithm that predicts a specific kind of lattice structure for a material depending on how we would like it to interact with light for a given application. The new materials, which would be impossible to design using traditional, “manual”, techniques, might be used in a wide range of novel and unexpected devices, says team leader Teri Odom.....

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/59265

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Layered tunnel junction reads single molecules

Researchers at Arizona State University in the US say that they have made a new molecular reader that might be able to sequence DNA. The device works by capturing molecules in a hole cut into a layered tunnel junction. The work is part of a global effort to develop speedy, low-cost methods to read DNA nucleotides – the building blocks of life.

The genome, or genetic profile, of any living being – be it an animal or a plant – can now be determined by sequencing the base pairs that make up its DNA. It is already over a decade since the Human Genome Project made history by sequencing the entire human genetic code, which contains a staggering three billion DNA base pairs. In this ground-breaking work, the researchers first isolated a DNA strand and forced it to copy itself a million times over in a special chemical reaction. These strands were then “exploded” into tiny fragments, because most DNA sequencing techniques available at the time could only analyse very short sections of DNA. A supercomputer then matched up overlapping base patterns to piece together the full genome..... http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/59294

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New 3D topological insulator is the most perfect yet

Researchers in the US say that they have made the best 3D topological insulator to date – that is, a material completely insulating in the bulk but conducting at its surface. The structure, made from bismuth antimony tellurium selenide (BiSbTeSe2) might not only be of fundamental importance for testing out a number of condensed matter and particle physics theories but might also be exploited in spintronics applications, and even to build topological qubits for “fault tolerant” quantum computers of the future.....

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/59301

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Nano Talk
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Nanovaccines by Prof. Toth (Nov 14)

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NANO Talk: Nanovaccines

Invitation to NANO Talk:       Nanovaccines By: Prof. Istvan Toth, Professor at School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland, Australia Date:  Friday Nov 14 (10:00 - 11:30) Venue: Innovation Room, INC 2 Free registration to: ramjitti@nanotec.or.th istvan (Small)  

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Special Talk: Nanoporous Catalysts for Cleaner Energy and Environment

Invitation to attend: Special Talk on "Nanoporous Catalysts  for Cleaner Energy and Environment" Speaker: Asst. Prof. Watcharop Chaikittisilp, Department of Chemical System Engineering, University of Tokyo Date: October 29 Time: 10:00 - 11:15 AM Venue: Innovation Zone (INC 2) Free registration to: ramjitti@nanotec.or.th (Presentation in Thai) IMG_3340_-copy1-230x300

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METALEX NANO Forum 2014 (Nov 19)

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Seminar on “The Development of Nanostructure Lipid Carrier from Sugarcane Wax for Cosmetic Applications” (Sept 29-30)

A seminar on “The Development of Nanostructure Lipid Carrier from Sugarcane Wax for Cosmetic Applications” was jointly hosted by NSTDA, NRCT, TRF, and NANOTEC at Dusit Thani Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand. [gallery ids="7642,7643,7644,7645,7646,7647,7648,7649,7650,7651,7652,7653,7654"]  

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Send-off celebration for Nano Smart Soil Mobile Unit (Oct 1)

NANOTEC in collaboration with Pathumthani municipality will mobilize the Nano Smart Soil mobile unit to help with getting rid of water hyacinth at Chulalongkorn Watergate [gallery ids="7622,7621,7620,7619,7618,7617,7616,7615,7612"]  

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Thai Army Innovation Day 2014 (Sept 11)

NSTDA research agencies consisting of NECTEC (Smart Tracking, T-Box, SER, and SWOT), MTEC (Armour Plate) and NANOTEC joined the Royal Thai Army Invention Day 2014 at the Thai Army Sport Club on September 11. NANOTEC display research related to 3 Flagship programs: Mosquito Control, Future Energy, and Smart Soil . The event was opened by Gen. Aksra Kerdphol , Chief of Staff.   [gallery ids="7526,7525,7518"]  

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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...... http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/oecd-countries-address-the-safety-of-manufactured-nanomaterials.htm 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"]

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

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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.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9747481.stm  

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