As a follow up activity to Thailand's participation at nano tech 2014 at Tokyo Big Sight on January 29-February 1, NANOTEC and private sector partners comprising of BSG Glass, IRPC, and Tipco Food organized a casual Meet the Press this morning at TCELS facility. The objectives of the meeting was to update the local press on the magnitude of nano tech international conference and its impact on enhancing national R&D activities including commercial opportunties. The meeting also helps to increase working relationships with the local media. A mini-exhibition of items which was displayed in Tokyo was also set up to provide visual assistance to the media.
The global nutraceuticals product market is expected to reach $204.8 billion by 2017, growing at a CAGR of 6.3%, according to a new market report from Transparency Market Research, Albany, NY. Realizing the significant lucrative impact this sector can have on local economy the Korean Bioindustry Foundation (CBF), BIOTEC and NANOTEC as member of National Science and Technology development Agency (NSTDA) joined force to organize a Korea-Thailand Joint Symposium on Nutraceuticals and Cosmeceuticals on February 20 in Bangkok. The aim of the symposium is to exchange research information, and explore collaboration opportunities between Korea and Thailand. In her opening remark, Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara, Executive Director of BIOTEC commented that NSTDA work on the topic of cosmetic ad health food is multi-facets. BIOTEC utilizes biotechnology to realize the potential of microorganizsm while NANOTEC is applying its core strength in nanotechnology such as nanoparticles and nanoemulsion to innovate cosmeceuticals. Presenting on behalf of NANOTEC, Dr. Chalong Lochariyakul, Deputy Executive Director said that the Thai cosmeceutical market has been growing steadily for the past few years. “Take the skin care market for example; in 2013 it was valued at Baht 17.5 billion this number will grow to Baht 20 billion by 2017. The reason for this increase is due to consumer spending, product development, and social factor trends within the younger generation regarding looks”. However, Dr. Chalong also stressed the need for companies to play by the FDA rules and regulations since penalties are often not forgiving. Asia-Pacific (including Japan) is expected to have the second largest market share after North America by 2017. The growth thrust for Asia Pacific nutraceuticals dietary supplements market will primarily come from Herbals and Vitamins and Mineral product segments. Moreover, the dietary supplement segment of the Asia Pacific Nutriceuticals market will continue to enjoy largest share of revenue among all product categories during the forecast period. Functional food will be the second largest product category of Asia Pacific nutraceuticals market during 2012 – 2017. The functional beverage market is expected to witness steady increase in growth rate during 2012-2017 due to improvement in adoption of healthy drink products among consumers. Japan is the largest consumer of nutraceuticals products in the region followed by China at second place. The Japan and China nutraceutical market is expected to have respective market share of 54.8% and 39.5% of the Asia Pacific nutraceuticals market in 2017. Also speaking at the symposium was Dr. Ubonthip Nimmannit, NANOTEC Development Unit Director and Dr. Apirada Sucontphunt, Head of NanoCosmeceuticals Lab.
Consumers spend billions of their hard earn cash each year on skin care cosmetic products. To help them understand and make the best choices for their money, NSTDA and NANOTEC organized a one day seminar on "Moving Forward to Skin Care Cosmetics Innovation" on February 13 in Bangkok. Attending the seminar were representatives from pubic and private sector groups. A total of 8 invited speakers participated in the seminar to offers their opinions about the effectiveness of cosmeceutical ingredients and the importance of product testing.
Congratulations to Polyplastics Marketing (T) Ltd on the opening of ASEAN Technical Solution Center this morning at INC 2 Thailand Science Park. Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Executive Director of NANOTEC presented a bouquet to Mr. Noboru Goto, President & CEO Polyplatics Co.,Ltd on behalf of NANOTEC. For info on Polyplastics Marketing (T) Ltd, please log on: http://www.polyplastics.com/en/company/gp/pmt/index.html
Placing just one atomic plane of graphene on the surface of a copper film can substantially increase the thermal conductivity of the film. This new, and somewhat surprising result, comes from researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK and the University of California-Riverside in the US, who say that the improvement comes from changes in the copper’s morphology rather than from graphene acting as an additional heat conducting channel. The finding could be important for thermal management applications – such as cooling down electronic chips and in hybrid graphene-copper interconnects.......... http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/56457 Copper film coated with graphene
A device that detects ultra-weak radio waves by converting them into light signals has been created by physicists in Denmark and the US. The device does not require costly cryogenic cooling and could be put to practical use in a range of applications, from radio astronomy to magnetic resonance imaging. The researchers also believe that the technology could provide an essential building block of a "quantum internet" of the future........ Is this the beginnings of the "quantum internet"?
A new type of strong and flexible yarn made from graphene oxide that could be ideal in “smart” wearable textiles has been developed by researchers in Australia and Ireland. As well as being strong and highly conducting, the yarn has the highest ever capacitance reported to date for such a graphene-based structure...... http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/56467
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley and Argonne National Labs in the US say they have discovered a new class of 3D bimetal nanocatalysts that are much more efficient and far cheaper than the best platinum catalysts available today. The structures, made of hollow nanopolyhedra of both platinum and nickel, could be used in fuel cells and electrolyzers...... http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/56483 Platinum-enhanced nanoframe catalyst
NANO Talk: "The physicochemistry of PVP and citrate coated nanosilver (nanoAg) influences its functional, cellular and genomic activity in mammalian nerve cells"
Invitation to attend: NANO Talk: "The physicochemistry of PVP and citrate coated nanosilver (nanoAg) influences its functional, cellular and genomic activity in mammalian nerve cells" By: Bellina Veronesi, Ph.D. National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Integrated Systems Toxicology Division (ISTD) Systems Biology Branch (SBB) Date: Monday March 17 (10:00 - 11:30) Venue: Innovation Room (NANOTEC, INC 2, Bldg B)
On Feb 26 participants to the NANO Talk session on "“Science Communication – A tool to inspire and create impact" enjoyed a very lively and frank dialogue with Dr. Wilaiporn Chetanachan, Director of Siam Cement Group (SCG) Corporate Technology Office and member of the NANOTEC Executive Board. Using a simple bottle of water as a prop for her dialogue, Dr. Wiliaporn was able to share life experiences on the topic of science communication. "You must be aware of your your target audience when it comes to science communication" said Dr. Wilaiporn. "Never take for granted that because you have a degree people will understand what you are trying to say to them especially when it comes to explaining how your research projects it making an impacts on society and economy". According to Dr. Wilaiporn, every researcher must be able to explain in layman's terms and with limited amount of time how their work is making an impact. This is often one of the most important tasks that a research agency will ask of their researchers. Dr. Wilaiporn also gave positive inspirations comments to the young and upcoming researchers. One comment pertains to being proud of one's research career but at the same time not to look down on the general public. 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.
Invitation to attend: NANO Talk on "Science Communication - Are we talking the same talk?" By: Dr. Wilaiporn Chetanachan Director of Siam Cement Group (SCG) Corporate Technology Office When: Wednesday, February 26 (13:30 - 15:30) Venue: NANOTEC Innovation Room (INC 2) Abstract: There are various organisations and schemes that seek to inform the public of important and topical issues in science. Greater awareness empowers the public and enables informed debate on scientific issues affecting society. The problem arises when we think we are speaking science but actually we are NOT speaking science. Communication is a two way street between the speaker and his/her audience. It is necessary to be aware of how we communicate science, to who are we communicating, and the language we are using. This talk will touch on the various aspects of science communication. About Dr. Wilaiporn Chetanachan Director of Siam Cement Group (SCG) Corporate Technology Office & Member of NANOTEC Executive Board Dr. Wilaiporn Chetanachan served as Director of Corporate Technology Office of The Siam Cement, the 2nd largest company in Thailand. Prior to taking on this position, she was the director of R&D center, Thai Plastic & Chemicals.
“The main purpose of the epidermis (the outer most layer of the skin) is to generate a barrier function which prevent external outflow of water from our body as well as preventing the influx of dangerous chemicals into our body, which primarily resides in the Stratum Corneum(SC)” said Prof. Randall Wickett, Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutics and Cosmetic Science at James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati during his talk on “Fundamentals of topical delivery – The stratum corneum barrier” at NANOTEC on January 22. Prof. Randall went on to say that the SC is a remarkable tissue given its minute thickness (no thinker than a sheet of paper) however, it cannot discriminate between the noxious compounds we want to keep out of our skin and the beneficial compounds we would like to get through the SC to have active drug or cosmetic effects. For this reason, it is important to understand the fundamental of SC in order that delivery of beneficial compounds gets through the SC effectively. Dr. Randall is currently a visiting professor attached to the Nano Cosmeceutical Lab at NANOTEC. The duration of his stay is from January 16 to February 15. He is providing advice to NANOTEC researchers as well as helping the lab build international network and scientific skills.
As a follow up to nano tech 2014 in Japan, NANOTEC organized a "Meet the Press" event at TCELS on Feb 24 with participation from BGS, IRPC, and TIPCO.[gallery ids="6313,6312,6311,6310,6309,6308,6307,6306,6305,6304"]
Realizing the significant lucrative impact this sector can have on local economy the Korean Bioindustry Foundation (CBF), BIOTEC and NANOTEC as member of National Science and Technology development Agency (NSTDA) joined force to organize a Korea-Thailand Joint Symposium on Nutraceuticals and Cosmeceuticals on February 20 in Bangkok. The aim of the symposium is to exchange research information, and explore collaboration opportunities between Korea and Thailand. [gallery ids="6274,6275,6276,6277,6278,6279,6280,6281,6282,6283,6284,6285,6286,6287,6288,6289,"]
NSTDA and NANOTEC organized a one day seminar on “Moving Forward to Skin Care Cosmetics Innovation” on February 13 in Bangkok. [gallery ids="6239,6240,6241,6242,6243,6244,6245,6246,6247,6248,6249,6250,6251"]
NANOTEC with collaboration from Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), Department of International Promotion (DITP – Chiang Mai office), and NSTDA Northern Network announced the winners of the Most Creative & Design Nano Textile Product Competition yesterday at TCDC Chiang Mai office. [gallery ids="6192,6193,6194,6195,6196,6197,6198,6199,6200"]
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"]