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Special Talk "Nanoscale structure and molecular dynamics of polyurea elastomers: materials for blast energy mitigation"

Invitation to attend:  Special Talk on "Nanoscale structure and molecular dynamics of polyurea elastomers: materials for blast energy mitigation" runt_james (Small)By: Prof. James Runt, Professor of Polymer Science, Penn State University, USA Date: April 28 (10:00 - 11:30) Venue: Innovation Zone, NANOTEC, Bldg. B (INC 2) Thailand Science Park Free registration to: ramjitti@nanotec.or.th    

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NANO Talk: "Impact of Malaria Research & World Malaria Day 2014"

Invitation to attend: NANO Talk on "Impact of Malaria Research and World Malaria Day 2014" _DSC7231 (Small) Date: Friday April 25 (13:00 - 16:00) Venue:  NANOTEC Innovation Zone (INC 2) Program: 12:30 - 13:00             - registration (at NANOTEC, INC 2, Innovation Zone) 13:00                        - show Malaria Day 2013 VDO  (2 mins)  13:10 - 14:20             - Moderator call on representatives from Public Health (Dr Usavadee Thavara and Dr Apiwat Tawatsin) and  AFRIMS (COL Jariyanart K. Gaywee) to give a 15-20 mins presentation on malaria mitigation efforts in Thailand  (coffee break) 10 mins  14:30 - 15:30           - Keynote Talk by Aj. Yongyuth Yuthavong on "Impact of Malaria Research"  15:30 - 16:00           - Panel discussion and Q&A  

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NANOTEC Open House - NAC 2014

NANOTEC opened its doors to the general public during NAC 2014 on April 1. The open house activities included hands-on activity of making nano soap from herbal extracts, visit to Nano Cosmeceutical Lab to review sample research products, and visit to Safety and Risk Assessment Lab to see how zebrafish is use for safety analysis.[gallery ids="6680,6679,6678"]

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IAB participate in NAC 2014

NANOTEC International Advisory Board (IAB) members play a multi tasks roles. In addition to providing recommendation related to technology trends and research directions, they also participate as technical speakers in various seminars and workshops. Recently, 5 of NANOTEC IAB members were invited to give special technical talk at the NSTDA Annual Conference 2014 (NAC 2014) in Thailand Science Park.  In the topic of Smart Materials and Textiles, Prof. Markus Antoneitti, Director of Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany teamed up with Prof. Harald Krug, Head of Research Focus Area “Health & Performance” at EMPA, Switzerland gave a talk on “The Nanodimension of Fabrics and Fibers: Opportunities for S&T” and “Smart Textiles and Plymers for Daily Use: Future Applications and safety Aspects”.  In the topic of Advances in Nanobiosensors for Biomedical Applications, Prof. Bong Hyun Chung, Director of BioNano Health Guard Research Center at KRIBB, Korea joined force with Dr. Meyya Meyyapan, Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology, NASA Ames Research Center, USA, and Prof. Matthew R. Phillips, Director of Microstructural Analysis Unit, University of Technology Sydney, Australia to present talks on:  “BioNano Health Guard R&D Project in Korea” by Prof. Bong Hyun Chung “Nanotechnology in Biomedical Applications” by Dr. Meyyapan “Nanostructure ZnO for Sensor Applications” by Prof, Phillips [gallery ids="6598,6597,6596,6595,6594"]

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First principles shine a light on LED design

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs), solid-state light sources that deliver unrivalled energy efficiency, are gradually taking the place of traditional incandescent lighting. But while systems that provide warm hues of comfortably diffuse white light are now available, an element of mystery shrouds just how these LEDs function. Now, a collaboration between lighting giant Philips and physicists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has gone back to first principles to replace numerical trial and error with a predictive approach for creating tailored LED designs.... http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/56868 figure (2) (Small)

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Copper nanostructure improves liquid fuel yields

Researchers at Stanford University in the US are reporting on a new catalyst – based on nanocrystalline copper – that electrochemically reduces carbon monoxide and water to ethanol with unprecedented efficiency. The work could have important implications for storing renewable energy in liquid-fuel form..... http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/56881 Making nanocrystalline copper

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Electrode nanogap makes good biosensor

Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have designed a mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ) that can more accurately measure tunnelling currents in an ionic solution thanks to its insulator coating. The device could be ideal as a biosensor to detect single molecules like DNA and RNA........ http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/56889 The device

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Photonic crystal makes watt-class laser

Researchers in Japan have made the first high-output-power photonic crystal laser. The device, which emits a very good quality beam, might come in useful for applications such as materials processing, sensing, laser medicine and for making lens-less lasers for various compact optical systems..... http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/56966 The PCSEL

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NANO Talk: "Impact of Malaria Research & World Malaria Day 2014"

Invitation to attend: NANO Talk on "Impact of Malaria Research and World Malaria Day 2014" _DSC7231 (Small) Date: Friday April 25 (13:00 - 16:00) Venue:  NANOTEC Innovation Zone (INC 2) Program: 12:30 - 13:00             - registration (at NANOTEC, INC 2, Innovation Zone) 13:00                        - show Malaria Day 2013 VDO  (2 mins)  13:10 - 14:20             - Moderator call on representatives from Public Health (Dr Usavadee Thavara and Dr Apiwat Tawatsin) and  AFRIMS (COL Jariyanart K. Gaywee) to give a 15-20 mins presentation on malaria mitigation efforts in Thailand  (coffee break) 10 mins  14:30 - 15:30           - Keynote Talk by Aj. Yongyuth Yuthavong on "Impact of Malaria Research"  15:30 - 16:00           - Panel discussion and Q&A  

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Sharing of knowledge on use of nano silver

NANOTEC hosted the visit of Dr. Bellina Veronesi,  Health Scientist from National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) who was recently in town touring Bangkok to meet with Thai researchers to discuss and share information on the use of nano silver in research applications. Dr. Bellina also used this opportunity to visit Nano safety and Risk Assessment Lab at NANOTEC. IMG_6280 (Small)       IMG_6278 (Small)

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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" BellinaBy:   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)    

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NANO Talk - “Science Communication – A tool to inspire and create impact"

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. IMG_4696 (Medium) IMG_4689 (Medium)    

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CP management visit

NANOTEC hosted the visit of CP senior management K. Piyawan on April 3, 2014 (total 40 people) [gallery ids="6771,6772,6773,6774"]  

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NANOTEC exhibition at NAC 2014 (Mar 30-Apr 3)

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IAB participate at NAC 2014 (Mar 31 and April 1)

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NANOTEC Open House - NAC 2014

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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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