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News Year 2011

Friends of National Science and Technology Development Agency (FoN) organized the “FoN: Together Thailand Recovery Campaign” at the Ministry of S&T on November 30.  The aim of the event is to act as a venue for members of FoN to showcase research output that will help speed after flood recovery process in the form of Recovery Kit.

A group of researchers from Thailand investigated the combined effect of adsorption and oxidation for phenolic wastewater treatment using a three phase fluidized bed reactor.  The group continuously fed aqueous solutions containing phenol and ozone into a reactor resulting in a comparison of seven cases.

The effect from the “Mega Flood” occurred in Thailand recently is enormous and creates a huge negative impact to Thai economy, both direct and indirect impacts.  However, for the flood victims, they are not only that.  They were suffered from the flood that took away their homes and their families; they also had to face with a group of blood-sucking mosquitoes every night, which might cause the mosquito-borne- diseases later on.

In a conventional chemical bleaching process, a large scale of chemicals is used, releasing pollution into the environment and causing numerous harmful disturbances to ecosystem.  The new biobleaching process using enzymes leads to a significant reduction of chlorine and chlorine-based compounds.  The xylanase attacks hemicellulose and

Dr. Kajornsak Faungnawakij, a prominent researcher at the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC), recently won the “Young Scientist Award 2011” for his research entitled “Development of Multifunctional Nanocatalysts for Producing Environmentally Friendly Biofuels.”

The third-generation, or 3G, mobile Internet services are still a hot topic though the current 3G infrastructure is still quite ready for business use. In terms of research and development, Thai researchers have already started using 4G technologies which by far more advanced than the Internet services offered in other countries.

Farm trucks, otherwise known to Thai people as “Rod Ee Tan”, have been Thai farmers’ vehicles of choice for over 40 years. In the past, farm trucks were used mainly for transporting produce or farming tools. Farmers or local mechanics would build farm trucks with second-hand parts, making the vehicles unstable and fall short of meeting a minimum acceptable standard of safety. This is the  reason why there are many road accidents that caused damage to life and property.

On 21 February 2011, NSTDA, Chiang Mai University, Mahidol University and BioNet-Asia Co., Ltd. announced a licensing agreement for chimeric dengue vaccine. The agreement will enable BioNet-Asia Co., Ltd. to further develop four serotypes of chimeric live-attenuated vaccine into a commercial product. 

Nature Publishing Group (NPG), an international publisher of high impact scientific and medical information in print and online services, interviewed Dr. Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri, Head of BIOTEC Microarray Laboratory as a founding co-chair of the Global Yong Academy.  In her interview she discussed about youth empowerment in the developing world and her experience in reintergrating into Thai cultures after several-years of studying aboard.