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Six members from Chulalongkorn University and Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand Visit TUS through JST's Sakura Science Plan - Joint Research on Functional Materials Implemented

2018.01.12 Friday


For 21 days from November 26 to December 16, one faculty member and five graduate students from Thailand's Chulalongkorn University and Srinakharinwirot University visited the Yuasa and Kondo Lab in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology at TUS through the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science ("Sakura Science Plan") organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and implemented joint research.

The objective of this program was to implement joint research activities related to functional materials, such as photocatalysts and conductive diamonds. Photocatalysts are one of the scientific technologies developed in Japan, and as Japan also has high international status in research related to diamonds, the aim was to foster human resources who can play central roles in science and technology exchange between Japan and Thailand and increase motivation towards activities in Japan, by having the participants experience cutting-edge research, starting with research on such functional materials, through this exchange.

On the first day of their visit, Weena Siangproh from Srinakharinwirot University gave a special lecture on the organisms that make full use of electrochemical techniques and on measuring trace substances in the environment. Starting the next day, joint experience centering on themes related to high-sensitivity detection of organic matter in aqueous solution using metal nanoparticle-modified diamond electrodes was implemented for a three-week period.

From December 1 to 3 during the program, the visitors participated in an international photocatalysis symposium (Photocatalysis 2 & SIEMME'23) that was held at TUS' Katsushika Campus, where they listened to lectures on photocatalysis-related materials and relevant application technologies. On December 5, the visitors toured the Science Museum, Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree, and experienced the technology and culture of Japan.

Ms. Siangproh is a young female researcher who is highly regarded across the world. In addition, four of the five students who were invited as part of this program were women. Being able to see female researchers who are carrying out activities with vitality set a good example, particularly for female students at TUS. TUS is greatly appreciative of the JST's Sakura Science Plan, which has provided such a wonderful opportunity.

20180111002_1.jpgGroup photo at a school building's entrance
Special lecture by Ms. Siangproh
Working in a research lab
Touring Asakusa
Presentation of results
At the airport