Conference programme: Advanced Materials for Environmental Protection

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Efforts towards protecting the environment are urgently needed globally. The UK and Thailand work towards the Planet Climate change agreement and mitigate environmental problems that are affecting health, food security, and local economies.

The Advanced Materials for Environmental Protection workshop is being organised between the UK and Thailand to present and exchange knowledge in advances in material science that allow developing effective tools for water/air/soil protection and remediation.

Advanced Materials for Environmental protection

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, Thailand Research Fund and the British Council will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Pathumthani (Bangkok), Thailand on 28th March-31st March 2018. The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Chanchana Thanachayanont and Dr Rosa Busquets, and will have contributions from other leading researchers.



At the Thailand Science Park (TSP), in Pathum Thani Province, north of Bangkok. TSP is where the Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) are situated.

Who is part of  the workshop?

(1) Early career researchers participating in the workshop were selected following an open call (see link below). Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience – and having research interest in materials science in its broader scope and/or environmental science) and with to 10 years post-PhD research experience. ( )

(2)  Mentors who are leading scientists in the area of Material science and Environmental chemistry.

Outline of the the workshop content:

The workshop will be divided into three separate scientific streams:

(a) Trends in the development advanced functional materials.

(b) Functionalising waste materials for environmental protection.

(d) Career, grant application and publication.

The workshop will include keynote lectures by leading scientists (i.e Prof Sergey Mikhalovsly, A.Prof. Peter Hooda, Dr. Chanchachana Thanachayanont, Dr Jirapat Ananpattarachai, Dr Rosa Busquets); oral and poster presentations; networking and practical activities.

About MTEC

The National Metal and Materials Technology Center, also known as MTEC, was founded on September 16, 1986 as a specialized national research center in metal and materials technology. In 1991, MTEC became a member of the National Science and Technology Development Agency or NSTDA, an agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Our mission is to strengthen the capability of the country’s science and technology in response to the global situation and to the socio-economic requirement for national development.
Photos of the MTEC building, conference venue and accommodation
Photos from the accommodation during the workshop

28th of March

10-11h Registration
11-12h Inauguration
12-13h Lunch break
13-14h Presentation of the mentoring scheme (Materials X Environment) followed by a speed networking event
14h-15h 5-min Research pitch session
From 15-18:30h Networking activity: group visit to the city by bus followed by Workshop dinner in the city.

Free evening from  18:30h till 20h. Transportation back to AIT centre at 20h

29th of March

9:30-10:30h Keynote lecture. Trends in the development of advanced functional materials for environmental protection, by Dr. Chanchana Thanachayanont (
10:30-10:45h Coffee Break
10:45-11:45h Keynote lecture. Career and grant application opportunities (UK), by Prof. Sergey Mikhalovsky (
11:45-12:45h Lunch break
12:45-14:15h Oral presentations (6). Sessions M-A-T-E-R-I

Bear, Joseph ( Kingston University London. Inverse vulcanisation sulphur polymers: smart materials for an energy responsible future.

Petchsang, Nattasamon ( Kasetsart University.  Synthesis and Characterization of Antimonium Telluride.

Mcnaughter, Paul ( The University of Manchester. Title of the presentation: Size-controlled synthesis of bismuth sulfide nanocrystals melts and polymer thin films.

Maluangnont, Tosapol ( Exploiting the Two-dimensional (2D) Nature of a Layered Titanate toward Environmental Protection and Remediation.

Memon, Saim ( London South Bank University. Smart Vacuum Insulated Glazed Window Fabricated with Fusion-Sealed Solar Energy Materials for the Transmittance Control of Heat in Buildings.

Hasin, Panitat ( Universtiy. Economical nanocomposites of cobalt or nickel species and polyaniline-derived N-doped mesoporous carbons as electrode materials for high performance dye-sensitized solar cell and supercapacitor

14:15-14:30h Coffee break
14:30-15:30h Poster Session
14:30-17h Roundtable discussion facilitated by Sergey Mikhalovsky. Role of interdisciplinary work in materials and environmental sciences
17-18:30h Networking activity: group visit to Ayuthya (the ancient city)
Dinner at 18:30h , and Transportation back to AIT center (at 20h)

30th of March

9-10h Keynote lecture. Functionalised waste materials for environmental protection by Dr. Rosa Busquets (
10-10:15h Coffee Break
10:15-11:45h Oral presentation (6). Sessions A-L-S-xE-N-V

Wilkinson, John ( University of York. Activated carbon for removal of pharmaceuticals during wastewater treatment: A long-term international perspective.

Chuenchom, Laemthong ( Prince of Songkla University. Magnetic Carbon Composites with a Hierarchical Structure for Adsorption of Tetracycline, Prepared from Sugarcane Bagasse via Hydrothermal Carbonization Coupled with Simple Heat Treatment: Properties and Further Improvement.

Zheng, Yishan ( University of Brighton. A monolithic nano-graphitic-carbon-cryogel composite with interconnected macroporosity for the adsorption of persistent organic contaminants.

Duong, Bing ( NANOTEC. Functional Scanning Probe Imaging of Single-wall Carbon Nanotubes.

Phonyiem, Mayuree ( KMITIL. Theoretical Study of Water Molecules Adsorption on Graphene-based Materials for Humidity Sensor Application.

Saremi- Yarahmadi, Sina ( Loughborough University. Hybrid graphene/metal oxide catalysts for water treatment.

11:45-12:15h Lunch Break
12:15-13h Over lunch, roundtable discussion on careers and grant applications (Thailand)  facilitated by Dr Dr. Chanchana Thanachayanont
13-14:30 h Oral presentation (6) Sessions I-R-O-N-M-E

Houngkamhang, Nongluck ( KMITL. Pesticide Detection Based on Ion Sensitive Field Effect Transistor.

Raveendran, Sree ( University of Brighton. Advanced Materials From Extreme Marine Environment.

Insin, Numpon ( Chulalongkorn University. Nanocomposites of magnetic nanoparticles and their applications in water decontamination.

Berillo, Dimitry ( University of Brighton. Title of the presentation: Whole cells cross-linked bacteria for biodegradation of phenol derivatives.

Watcharin, Waralee ( Assumption University. Potential Utilization of Biopolymer Chitosan and Cationic/Anionic Polymers for Color Removal in Textile Wastewater.

Tian, Mia ( University of Bath. Engineering materials with Enhanced Hydrogen Storage Capacity and Safety for Transport Applications.

14:30-14:45 h Coffee break
14:45-16h Hands on training: preparation of nanomaterials
16-17h Hands on training: preparation of nanomaterials
17-18h Poster session (15)
18h-19h Networking activity
 Cruise dinner in the city, and Transportation back to AIT center (at 20h)

31st of March

9:00-9:45h Keynote lecture.  Photocatalytic materials for water treatment by Dr Jirapat Ananpattarachai
9:45-10:00h Coffee break
10-11h Keynote lecture: British Embassy
11-11:30h Keynote lecture by the local industry (1)
11:30-12h Keynote lecture by the local industry (2)
12-13h Lunch
13-13:30h Oral presentations (2) Sessions N-T

Nanan, Suwat ( Khon Kaen University. Photodegradation of reactive red azo dye by ZnO photocatalyst

Sprick, Sebastian ( University of Liverpool. Conjugated Polymers as Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Production.

13:30-14h Keynote lecture by the local industry (3)
 14-15h  Keynote lecture. Issues in publishing-how to avoid them or a practical guide to avoid desk rejections, by Associate Prof. Peter Hooda ( (Assoc. Editor of the Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier).
 15-15:15h  Coffee break
   15:15-17:30h  Grant writing. Review of technology gaps and brainstorming of ideas, facilitated by C. Thanachayanont, S. Mikhalovsky, P. Hooda, J. Ananpattarachai and R. Busquets
 17:30-18h  Beyond the project: future collaboration; and closure, followed by dinner on site
 18-19h  Farewell dinner on site