NANOTEC organized a field trip to Rayong province to observe the rural research development program run by Mr. Somsak Kruewan, retired village headman for Klaeng district in Rayong on August 29-30. The research development project which is implemented on his own land is based on H.M the King's teaching of "Sufficiency Economy". According to Somsak, his land is his refrigerator and everything grown or raised can be use as raw materials for producing a meal and surplus can be sold for income. The technology used is from experience through trial and error. The aim of the visit is for NANOTEC researchers to appreciate the simple and logical ways of implmenting rural R&D thinking of sufficiency and at the same time helps to inspires young researchers to understand their role. The researchers also had an opportunity to work in make believe rural community groups to discuss and decide on a specific project concept. Awards were given to the best rural R&D concept project. [gallery ids="7414,7415,7416,7417,7418"]
Congratulations to Dr. Nuttaporn Pimpha a senior researcher at NANOTEC Hybrid Nanostructure and Nanocomposites Lab who is the recipient of the 2014 ASEAN-US Prize for Women in Science Award (in the field of water quality research) for her dedication to research on water quality during the Thailand mega-flood of 2011 . The award ceremony will take place on August 25th at the 2014 ASEAN Science and Technology Week in Bogor, Indonesia. "Access to clean drinking water is a top priority for all nations under normal circumstances and especially during disaster" said Dr. Nuttaporn. " We were able to develop a mobile clean drinking water filtration unit with nanocomposite filter to turn dirty natural surface water into clean drinking water without chemical treatments". The technology also caught the interest of BBC Click who filmed it on the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the Thailand Mega Flood in 2012 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9747481.stm). The award supports water quality research aimed at improving the availability of clean and safe drinking water in the ASEAN region and encourages intra-ASEAN and ASEAN-U.S. collaboration on water quality research. This is the first year that the U.S. Department of State and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has decided to join the ASEAN Committee of Science and Technology to strengthen ASEAN science and technical capacity through an ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women.
Porphyrin is a cyclic organic compound that is important for use in a range of photovoltaic and energy harvesting applications. Single-molecule junction conductance measurements provide insights into the energy and charge-transfer processes in the molecule that are key to optimizing the performance of these devices. However, accurately calculating these conductances to better understand these systems has proved problematic. Using a correction to standard density functional theory for these systems, researchers have now demonstrated qualitatively and quantitatively correct solutions for the first time, enabling predictive modelling of complex molecular junctions.....
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US have succeeded in fabricating organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices from water-based dispersions of polymer nanoparticle spheres using an innovative technique that allows them to control component assembly at different length scales. Devices made using the new technique appear to be as good as those in terms of performance as some of the best bulk-heterojunction OPV devices on the market today.....
Researchers in California have measured the elastic properties of atomically thin heterostructures made from molybdenite and tungstenite for the first time. These new, technologically important 2D materials and their heterostructures could be ideal for making flexible optoelectronics and photonics devices....
Two-dimensional semiconducting transition metal
Multilayers of tungsten selenide – a new, technologically important 2D material – can strongly emit light if strain is applied to them. This result, from researchers at the University of California and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, also in California, means that such strained structures might now be used in applications such as LEDs, lasers and photodetectors where thicker films of direct bandgap material are needed....
Risk management is anything one does to reduce exposure to liability. In research and development risk management is taken very seriously. Obviously, it is not possible to completely implement all the necessary steps pertaining to risk management of a research institution due to various constraints such as budget, manpower, uncertainty in policy/information, environment, and process. On August 25, NANOTEC invited Mr. Khemadhat Sukondhasingha, a member of NANOTEC Executive Board who is considered an expert in the topic to give a talk on “Risk Management of R&D & Stage Gate Model” to researchers, policy staff, and senior management. "NSTDA is in the business of research development. Therefore, it is important that research agencies within NSTDA clearly understands the significant benefits of risk management from a business sense" said Mr. Khemadhat. "By being able to use risk management process such as Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and Stage Gate Model will help to better organize research directions to create impact success". Mr.Khemadhat also mentioned the importance of Business Development Unit also known as Technology Management Unit to be a vital part of risk management. "Business Development is NOT the same as Marketing. Business Development must be in the position to provide information regarding consumers' needs and help put together specific technology package that can be presented to potential customers. Doing so will help research projects move up the TRL chart". 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.
Realizing the importance of many royal initiatives by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and to promote young researchers awareness to the need to help mitigate community needs, NECTEC and NANOTEC organized a joint forum on the topic of "S&T under HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Initiatives”. Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong, Chairman of NANOTEC Executive Board and Senior Advisor to NSTDA was the invited speaker. “The purpose of HRH various royal projects is simply for the benefit of the Thai people. HRH has set up the ICT Fund in 1995 to promote the use of ICT to enhance quality of life, improve education and increase employment opportunities of the disadvantaged. At present, the ICT Fund is used to help four disadvantaged groups namely; (1) rural school students, (2) sick children in hospitals, (3)prison inmates and (4) persons with disabilities” said Prof. Pairash. “There are gaps in our society that education and S&T is considered inaccessible. HRH initiated projects act as a magnet to bring together potential partners to help bridge the gaps”. In addition to undertaking the projects domestically, Prof. Pairash informed that HRH projects have also gained interest from overseas partners. Several collaborations with well known international institutions have been signed and exchange of knowledge is currently being implemented. The root of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's interest in development stems from the experiences that HRH gained from accompanying Their Majesties the King and Queen on frequent visits to rural and remote areas from a very young age. The trips exposed HRH to various community problems from education to health, to environmental and so on. It is from witnessing these problems first hand that HRH begins to initiate royal projects that focuses on education of S&T. Given the tremendous interest in this topic it is expected that a second series talk will have to be organized in a few months time. [gallery ids="7202,7203,7204,7205"]
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.
NANOTEC organized a field trip to Rayong province to observe the rural research development program run by Mr. Somsak Kruewan. [gallery ids="7424,7425,7426,7427,7428,7429,7430,7431,7432"]
On August 25, NANOTEC invited Mr. Khemadhat Sukondhasingha, a member of NANOTEC Executive Board who is considered an expert in the topic to give a talk on “Risk Management of R&D & Stage Gate Model” to researchers, policy staff, and senior management. [gallery ids="7399,7400,7401"]
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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
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"]
|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"]|
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"]