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Workshop on High Performance Computing and Modern Computer Technologies for Computational Scientists

"This is a very important topic for scientists and researchers especially given the government's drive to push digital economy for speedy economic recovery " said Prof. Dr. Supa Hannongbua, Head of Chemistry Department at Kasetsart University during her opening remarks. "We need to be aware of the trends of modern computer technology and its applications on various economic sectors such as agriculture, medical, biology, commerce, just to name a few". Over 70 people attended the workshop from research agencies, academia, and private sector. One of the attendee was Dr. Supawadee Namuangruk, Team Leader of Nanoscale Simulation Lab (SIM) at NANOTEC. When asked why she is attending the workshop, Dr. Supawadee said there needs to be better communication between software developers and the end-users. This workshop is helping to bridge the gap and creating a synergy between the two. Also speaking at the workshop was Dr. Manaschai Kunaseth from NANOTEC SIM lab who gave a talk on "Fundamentals of computer science for computational scientist" and "Modern high-performance computing platforms and emerging computer technologies". Dr. Sornthep Vannarat from NECTEC, eScience Consortium gave a talk on "Useful linux commands and bias PBS scripting and queuing concept for day-to-day operations". The workshop was organized by NSTDA, Kasetsart University, NECTEC, and NANOTEC. [caption id="attachment_7549" align="alignnone" width="300"]IMG_9525 (Medium) Dr. Supawadee (middle with glasses)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7550" align="alignnone" width="300"]IMG_9495 (Medium) Prof. Dr. Supa giving the Opening Remarks[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7551" align="alignnone" width="300"]IMG_9526 (Medium) Dr. Manaschai in action[/caption]

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Thai Army Invention Day 2014

NSTDA research agencies consisting of NECTEC (Smart Tracking, T-Box, SER, and SWOT), MTEC (Armour) 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 Prevention, Future Energy, and Smart Soil . The event was opened by Gen. Aksra Kerdphol , Chief of Staff.  The aim of the Royal Thai Army Invention Day 2014 is to showcase military R&D projects pertaining to sea, land, air, and military personel well being technologies. The event allow for exchange of new ideas and collaboration opportunities. In addition to exhibition, there are technical seminars to gain unique insights on military operations. [caption id="attachment_7527" align="alignnone" width="300"]IMG_9370 (Large) (Medium) NECTEC[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7526" align="alignnone" width="300"]IMG_93971 (Medium) Chief of Staff[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7525" align="alignnone" width="300"]IMG_9412 (Large) (Medium) NANOTEC[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7524" align="alignnone" width="300"]IMG_9369 (Large) (Medium) MTEC[/caption]


Australia -Thailand Young University Researchers Exchange Program awarded

H.E Mr. James Wise, Australian Ambassador to Thailand recently held a congratulation party at his residence for 10 Thai researchers who were selected to participate in the Australia -Thailand Young University Researchers Exchange Program. Dr. Pisist Kumnorkaew a researcher from NANOTEC Integrated Nanosystem Lab (INS) is one of 10 Thai researchers being invited to participate in the Australia -Thailand Young University Researchers Exchange Program. He will undertake a short research exchange program to work collaboratively with Flinders University in South Australia on the topic of organic photovoltaic.   NANOTEC and Flinders have developed a mutual friendship collaboration based on science, technology and innovation development of advanced nanotechnology applications. The program is jointly supported by the Australian Government Department of Education, the Innovative Research University Group, and the Office of the Higher Education Commission with a goal to facilitate science and research collaborations between the two countries, and bring together future research leaders in the hope that they will foster long term relationships. It also aims to develop early and mid-career Australian and Thai researchers by increasing their understanding of culture, in terms of science and research practices and systems, while developing their leadership skills as future science ambassadors for Australia and Thailand. [caption id="attachment_7512" align="alignnone" width="300"]AUS_embassy Ambassador James Wise with Dr. Pisist[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7513" align="alignnone" width="300"]image002 Ambassador James Wise with the 10 Thai researchers[/caption]  

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'Science for society' is new govt theme

New deputy PM wants to improve social welfare, to end 'statelessness'

Bangkok Post (Sept 8, 2014)
Science under the military administration will become "science for society" instead of "science for the economy", Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Yutthawong has said. "It will be the first time that science will be used to serve society but not the economy. Society is the most important frontier these days, so science has to go for that direction," said Yongyuth in an exclusive interview with Nation Multimedia Group. One of his ideas to serve this purpose revolves around engaging technology to help entrepreneurs running small and medium-sized businesses. For example, connecting more of these entrepreneurs with technology to improve their businesses. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has yet to allocate duties for his deputies but Yongyuth is expected to oversee education, public health, science, plus social development and human security. Prayuth's Cabinet has around one year to get things done. Although it's a short period, the Cabinet will try to lay the foundation for the next government, Yongyuth said. He said his top priorities included improving social welfare. And while the Bt300-minimum wage initiated by the ousted Yingluck Shinawatra government was a good policy, he said the most important thing was educating people on how to make a living. "I want to see Thais get out of the middle income trap as the PM mentioned. So we need to use knowledge to fight against poverty so that everybody will have a better life," he said. Yongyuth also wants to see an increase in the competitiveness of Thai people, which education will play a vital role in achieving. Education has shifted from teaching to learning but most teachers did not understand that, he said, adding that teachers should change their role from teaching to coaching or guidance. In this matter, he said, information technology would help them too. He said tackling illegal migrant labour and preserving jobs for Thai workers and how to solve the problem of stateless people and the granting of citizenship to them were also his priorities. The 70-year-old technocrat is also an adviser to the National Council for Peace and Order on science and technology. He was a science minister in General Surayud Chulanont's government in 2006-07. He was also the director of the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology for six years before becoming the first director of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, a position he held for six years. Yongyuth, who is the oldest minister in the Cabinet, said Prayuth's 33 Cabinet members' accumulative age was 1999. The average age was 62 - the same average age as Surayud's government. The youngest minister is Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, who is 54. [caption id="attachment_7490" align="alignnone" width="300"]IMG_70161 (Medium) Prof. Yongyuth in action during Malaria Day 2014 at NANOTEC[/caption]

Technology Update

Tunnelling electrons make new type of transistor

Researchers in the UK, Russia and Korea say that they have made a new type of "quantum tunnelling" transistor from an ultrathin barrier of hexagonal boron nitride sandwiched between two graphene electrodes. The device is unique in that the electrodes are carefully aligned with respect to each other – a first....


Graphene’s photothermoelectric effect for THz detection

The “hot electron photothermoelectric” effect in graphene could be exploited to detect terahertz radiation, according to new experiments by researchers in the US and Australia. A new device based on this effect is as sensitive as the best THz radiation detectors available today but it is a million times faster.....


Nanostructure toughens lightweight ceramics

Nanostructured ceramic materials have already been shown to be stronger and stiffer than bulk ceramics, but their brittleness has remained a major problem that can lead to catastrophic failure. Now, a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology have successfully produced a structural ceramic metamaterial offering ultralow density along with high strength and energy absorption, as well as the ability to recover its original shape after compressions in excess of 50% strain.....


FinFETs go flexible

Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudia Arabia are continuing with their experiments to transform traditional rigid electronic wafers made from silicon into mechanically flexible and transparent ones. In their new work, they have succeeded in transforming silicon-on-insulator (SOI) FinFETS (the semiconductor industry’s most complex transistor) into flexible FinFETs using a new soft-etch based substrate thinning process able to etch the back face of the silicon substrate. The technique could allow for new applications in consumer electronics, such as in the emerging field of the “Internet of Things”.....

Nano Talk

Risk Management of R&D and Gate Stage process

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. IMG_85251    


NANO Talk: "Risk Management of R&D & Stage Gate Model".

Invitation to attend: NANO Talk on ""Risk Management of R&D & Stage Gate Model" Speaker: Mr. Khemadhat Sukondhasingha, member of NANOTEC Executive Board Date: Monday, August 25 Time: 14:00 - 15:30 Venue:  INC 2 Board Room (4th floor) Free registration and presentation in Thai Khemathat1

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"S&T under HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Initiatives”

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"]

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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.      


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"]  


NRCT launch Invention Contest 2015

Prof. Soottiporn Chittmittrapap, Secretary-General of National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) official opened the NRCT Invention Contest 2015 on September 9, 2014 [gallery ids="7493,7494,7495,7496,7497,7498"]  

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Ministry honours winners of ASEAN awards (Sept 5)

The Thai Ministry of S&T headed by Mr.Somchai Tiamboonprasert, Deputy Permanent Secretary hosted an Acknowledgement Ceremony to honour Dr. Nuttaporn Pimpha a member of the NANOTEC Clean Water Flagship team and recipient of the 2014 ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women Award and Dr. Theerayut Toojinda a senior researcher from BIOTEC recipient of the 2014 ASEAN Meritorious Service Award. [gallery ids="7459,7460,7461,7462,7463,7464,7465,7466,7467,7468,7469,7470,7471,7472,7473,7474,7475,7476,7477,7478,7479,7480"]  

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Trends in Nanotechnology

On September 3, Prof.  Sirirurg Songsivilai, Executive Director of NANOTEC gave a special talk on “Trends in Nanotechnology” at Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (CRMA) [gallery ids="7446,7447,7448,7449,7450,7443,7442,7441"]  

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.