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MTEC-NSTDA and Kasetsart University entered an MOU to collaborate on the on-road test of B10 biodiesel. The MOU was signed by Dr. Julathep Kajornchaiyakul, MTEC Executive Director and Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, Acting President of Kasetsart University on 12 February 2019. This test is part of the collaborative project to promote the use of biodiesel in Thailand, executed by MTEC-NSTDA.

 

 

B10 is a biodiesel with higher blending ratio, enabled by H-FAME technology which enhances the quality of B100 biodiesel. H-FAME technology was developed by a consortium of Thai and Japanese organizations such as Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Waseda University, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), MTEC, Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB). The Thailand-Japan collaborative project was financed by the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) Program from 2010-2015.

Production of B10 biodiesel with H-FAME technology has been carried out in the pilot-scale for the on-road test with funding provided by the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE). More than 10 cars from Kasetsart University will participate in this test.

Biodiesel is not only a sustainable alternative to diesel, but also produces less emissions, including fine particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres, known as PM2.5. As concentrations of PM2.5 have exceeded the safe level in Bangkok during the past weeks, biodiesel is a preferred choice to help mitigate air pollution.

 

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NSTDA, in collaboration with the Office of The Royal Development Projects Board, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology and the Office of the Basic Education Commission, hosted a study visit of teachers from the Orphanage Culture School (Km 67) of Vientiane, Lao PDR from 4-8 February 2019. The study visit is part of the initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to provide assistance on science education to the school since 2016.

 

 

During the study visit, NSTDA shared its experience in implementing a number of programs and activities to promote science learning in Thailand.  These include a one-day camp at Sirindhron Science Home designed to inspire creativity and curiosity among young children; a plant biotechnology laboratory located at Sirindhorn Science Home where children and teachers can perform science experiments and carry out science projects; scientific workshops taught by NSTDA researchers; and a tour to Nano-Cosmeceuticals Laboratory of NANOTEC-NSTDA.

In addition, the teachers also visited one of Princess Chulabhorn Science High Schools located in Pathum Thani Province and the Royally-Initiated Laem Phak Bia Environmental Research and Development Project in Phetchaburi Province. Princess Chulabhorn Science High Schools focus on developing the talents of students in grades 7-12 in science, mathematics, technology, and environment. The Laem Phak Bia Environmental R&D Project aims to develop solutions to wastewater treatment and waste management, as well as restoring the mangrove forest. The project currently serves as a model for environmental improvement and conservation.

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NSTDA and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi embark on a collaboration to strengthen graduate programs in science and technology in order to produce highly skilled workforce to supply to industry and drive the nation’s economy. Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Dr. Suvit Tia, KMUTT President, participated in the MOU signing ceremony along with executives from both parties on 18 February 2019.

 

 

This 5-year MOU will facilitate joint implementation of programs and activities that will enhance the capability of graduate students such as organizing international scientific conferences, establishing international exchange, developing new PhD programs in emerging areas coupled with intensive research, promoting the exploitation of technologies and innovations in public and private sectors, and fostering partnership with local and international entities in manpower development. The joint program also includes the provision of PhD scholarships. The skilled workforce developed under this program will support the growing demand of industry boosted by the establishment of Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi).

NSTDA and KMUTT have been an alliance in research since 1986, especially in the fields of biochemicals & biofuels, transportation, automation and biopharmaceuticals. This partnership in human resource development will reinforce the collaboration in existing fields and open up new

 

 

 

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NANOTEC-NSTDA led a team of Thai scientists and companies to showcase their work at nano tech 2019 (The 18th International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference) in Tokyo, Japan from 30 January – 1 February 2019. The event presented an excellent platform for Thai innovators to learn about global trend and advancement in the field of nanotechnology and most importantly, to meet and explore academic and business collaboration with international organizations. Held under the theme “NANOVATION for Smart Society”, Thailand Pavilion displayed innovations from the following organizations: NSTDA and its four research centers – NANOTEC, NECTEC, BIOTEC and MTEC --, Mahidol University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, PTT, SCG Chemicals, Hayden Technology (Thailand), Prime Technology and Nanotechnology Association of Thailand. In addition, visitors to Thailand Pavilion were also introduced to the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) project. EECi is a new economic estate specializing in research, innovation, and related testing and evaluation and offers a complete ecosystem for innovation.

 

NANOTEC has been presenting Thailand Pavilion at the International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference every year since 2009. This year, the Pavilion was opened by Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong, NANOTEC Board Chairman; Dr. Wannee Chinsirikul, NANOTEC Executive Director and Mr. Cherdchai Chaivaivid, Minister to the Royal Thai Embassy in Japan.

 

In addition to attending nanotech 2019, the Thai delegation also visited and explored collaboration with leading organizations such as Keio Quantum Computing Center, Life Innovation Center and Bridgestone Corporation. A joint workshop on prevision nanomedicine was held with the University of Tokyo and the Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM).

 

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Traditional textiles from Thailand’s northern region are famous for their colorful and intricate pattern designs attributed to rich cultural influence from indigenous tribes and neighboring countries of Laos and Myanmar. Their unique production which involves weaving and dyeing techniques passed on from generation to generation also adds character to these charming textiles.

 

 

NSTDA researchers have successfully developed a number of innovations for textile industry. Trusting that these innovations will enhance and upgrade the textile industry, NSTDA set up a project to introduce the technologies and innovations to the weaving villages and groups in 6 northern provinces, namely Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Nan, Phayao and Lamphun. The project focuses on three key concepts: 1) Enhance the knowledge management and develop knowledge communication mechanism in order to raise awareness of technologies among the community; 2) Apply appropriate technologies to improve the products and processes, and 3) Upgrade the community and society by employing advanced technology to add value to existing products.

In Lamphun province, three technologies have been introduced, namely enzyme technology, natural dye and nanotechnology. Developed by NSTDA research team, ENZease is a “smart enzyme”, consisting of amylase and pectinase activities which are active at the same pH and temperature ranges.  The duo-activity enzyme enables both desizing and scouring processes of cotton fabric in one single step, thus saving time, energy and cost. ENZease replaces caustic chemicals traditionally used in desizing and scouring, and therefore making this textile process more eco-friendly and better preserving the strength of the fabric.  Another technology is the use of natural dyes. Proper technique to prepare natural dyes in concentrated liquid and powder forms has been taught. The sources of natural dyes found in this area are longan-tree leaves, neem-tree bark and marigold flowers. And lastly, the use of nanoparticles to coat the surface of textiles can impart special properties to the fabric, such as UV-block, anti-bacteria, water repellency, smoothness and softness.

 

 

With innovations, villagers in Lamphun can create premium-quality and eco-friendly textiles and clothing. As Lamphun is being promoted for heritage and cultural tourism, souvenir items derived from traditional textiles are on high demand. Premium-quality and eco-friendly souvenirs can thus bring villagers more earnings, supporting sustainable tourism for Lamphun.

 

 

 

 

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Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, in partnership with NSTDA and the Thailand Maker Community, organized “Maker Faire Bangkok 2019: WE ARE ALL MAKERS” on 19-20 January 2019 at The Street Ratchada in Bangkok. Maker Faire aimed to inspire youngsters and the general public to turn their creativity and ideas into real-life inventions and to help shape Thailand into a Maker Nation, driven by technology, creativity and innovation, to fulfill the Thailand 4.0 vision.

 

 

The fair featured demonstrations and on-stage talks, as well as inventions from local and international makers on display across 70 booths. Inventions included works of various kinds ranging from electric, electronic devices and embedded systems, to music, food, arts and crafts, all carefully curated by experts drawing from NSTDA and the maker community.

 

 

One of the highlights was an announcement of the winners of “Enjoy Science: Young Makers Contest” which was held in its 3rd consecutive year. The theme for this year’s contest was Green Innovation. There were 399 entries submitted by students throughout the country. The winning project of vocational student category was Clean Oyster from Surat Thani Technical College. Clean Oyster is an oyster cleaning machine using seawater and protein skimmer to remove mucus, secretion as well as bacteria.  The machine is equipped with water recycling system and powered by solar energy. The winner of school student category was Oil Clean-up Robot from Satree Phatthalung School. Oil Clean-up Robot is a device floating in open water with a mechanism to remove oil from water surface. Both inventions have been tested in the field and gave remarkable performance.  Winner of each category received a 500,000-baht cash prize and a trip to join Maker Faire in San Francisco, valued at 1.2 million baht in total.

 

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The Dissemination Workshop for Newton Rice Initiative was held during 16-18 January 2019 in Bangkok. Co-hosted by NSTDA and the Biotechnology and Bioscience Research Council (BBSRC) which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the workshop brought together the funding agencies, key research organizations and academia from the UK, China, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand to share results and impact of joint research projects conducted under the Newton Fund Sustainable Rice Research Initiative, and provided an opportunity to set the future research direction and cooperation among researchers from across the partner countries to enhance the impact. The workshop welcomed over 100 participants from five partner countries.

 

 

 

 

Newton Fund Sustainable Rice Research Initiative is a program in which UKRI BBSRC works with funding agencies in China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to co-fund thirteen exciting projects on a wide variety of topics, including applying fundamental plant science to increasing rice yield, increasing the resilience of rice plants to biotic and abiotic stresses, and making rice straw more digestible for use as feed or an energy feedstock.

In his opening remark, Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong stated that rice ranks among top research agenda in Thailand, and Thai rice breeding program has produced a number of varieties with better yield, improved resistance to pests and diseases and suitable to local climate and soil conditions.  Examples include RD41 and RD47 that are resistant to disease and pest and RD61 suitable for a flood plain and poorly irrigated land. Advanced technologies have been employed not only to speed up the breeding process but also to improve rice quality, farm management, post-harvest and processing to enhance the overall value chain of rice production. Antioxidant-rich Riceberry, high-iron Sinlek, high-iron Pinkaset and low GI RD43 are among premium rice varieties derived from advanced biotechnology. He further commended Newton Fund Sustainable Rice Research Initiative for enabling researchers across these five countries to work together to develop innovative solutions contributing to long-term sustainable rice production.

 

 

 

 

During the workshop, Best Scientific Poster awards were presented to the following researchers:

  1. Mr. Eric Belfield from the University of Oxford, UK for the work on Super-Rice: a UK-China Collaboration to Improve Rice Nitrogen Use Efficiency (UK-China);
  2. Mr. Tran Dang Khanh from Agricultural Genetics Institute, Vietnam for the work on Exploiting a Cyanobacterial CO2 Concentrating Mechanism to Increase Photosynthesis and Yield in Rice (UK- China); and
  3. Ms. Phanchita Vejchasarn from Rice Department, Thailand for the work on Rhizo-Rice: A Novel Ideotype for Deeper Roots and Improved Drought Tolerance (UK-Thailand).

 

 

Also attending the workshop representing Thai funding partner of Newton Rice Initiative was NSTDA President Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul who highlighted the achievements of three projects performed by Thai scientists with international collaborators. In one project, scientists developed new rice lines that have root traits that permit them to have both improved soil exploration and more efficient water capture under drought conditions. In another project, scientists studied genes associated with stomatal development in order to enhance drought and heat stress tolerance of rice. In the last project, scientists developed and applied a combined modelling and field monitoring approach for bacterial blight to find a solution to the current threat of the expanding aggressive bacterial blight strain in northern Thailand. All three projects have potential to make great impact to rice production in Thailand.

 

 

 

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British Council recently announced the launch of FameLab Thailand 2019, the biggest science communication competition. Among Thai partner organizations delivering FameLab Thailand 2019 are NSTDA, National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, National Science Museum, Ministry of Science and Technology, The Standard, True Corporation and Chulalongkorn University.

 

 

The competition is open to individuals studying or working in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics (STEM). The format allows participants 3 minutes to explain a scientific idea or research to a jury and a live audience. The winner of FameLab Thailand 2019 will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the International FameLab competition to be held at Cheltenham Science Festival, UK from 2 to 8 June 2019. He or she will visit the origin of FameLab, see world-leading experts talk, meet fellow FameLabbers from across the world, and gain experience on a global stage.

During the launch of FameLab Thailand 2019, three FameLab Ambassadors were introduced. Representing three generations of Thai scientists are Prof. Yongyuth Yuthavong, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technology; Prof. Vorasuk Shotelersuk, 2016 Outstanding Scientist and a Newton Prize recipient; and Cherprang Areekul, a 4th year science student at the Mahidol University International College.

To enter FameLab Thailand 2019, one can submit a three-minutes talk in science through a video entry on the official website by 22 March 2019.  Final competition will be held in front of a live audience on 11 May 2019 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre and broadcast on TV channels of True Corporation. For additional information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.or.th/famelab.

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NSTDA and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote research and development in railway technology in order to enhance the competitiveness of rail system industry in Thailand.

 

 

The MOU was signed by NSTDA President Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul and SRT Acting Governor Worrawut Mala on 7 January 2019. NSTDA’s research and development in railway technology encompasses design and manufacturing, as well as testing and quality assurance of parts and components used in rail system. Under this collaboration, NSTDA will employ its expertise to support the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project, focusing on the testing and quality assurance of parts and components used in rail system, and the preparation and training of manpower for the maintenance and repair center.

In addition, NSTDA has been implementing projects to provide technical support and consultancy to manufacturers of rail system parts and components and promote product testing and certification to boost the competitiveness of this industry in Thailand.

 

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NSTDA and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to have DentiiScan, a 3D dental scanner, installed in hospitals under the management of BMA. The second generation DentiiScan will be installed at two BMA’s hospitals, as part of NSTDA’s Big Rock Project financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology to have DentiiScan units installed in 50 public hospitals across the country along with the training of 500 healthcare professionals on digital dentistry skill.

 

 

DentiiScan is the first cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner developed and manufactured in Thailand. The development started in 2007, involving researchers from NECTEC and MTEC under the leadership of Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong, former NSTDA President. This machine can provide 3D internal anatomy images of dental and maxillofacial structures, without distortion and superposition of anatomic structures. High quality data facilitates accurate diagnosis and safe treatment planning, and can be further linked with other technologies to form “Digital Dentistry Platform”.

 

 

DentiiScan is an example of Thai invention that meets international standards. Such invention will not only boost Thai medical device industry, but also reduce the massive cost of imported medical devices and equipment in Thai healthcare system.

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