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MATERIALS AND PLASMA TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH UNIT (M@P TECH)
The Materials and Plasma Technology (M@P Tech) research unit aims to carry out wide areas of research in materials with emphasis on development, designs, computational analysis, manufacturing, testing, and applications of plastics, rubbers, and nanomaterials. The applications of plasma for use in various fields, especially agricultural and biomedical applications are also a main focus.

I. Objectives

The main objective of M@P Tech research unit is to develop both fundamental and applied research work in the areas of materials and plasma, to support industrial research and development (R&D) and provide consultations to related industries, to produce high-quality research publications, to conduct an efficient collaborative supervision of graduate students, and to arrange for cooperation with other research groups. The research unit will focus on joint efforts to obtain necessary research funding and supports from both national and international funding agencies, and to provide academic services to related industries and the general public. The long-term objectives of this research unit is developing a graduate program in this area together with industries, and setting up an “Advance Materials and Plasma Research Center” with several research groups working in this area.

II. Scope of Research

A group of faculty members who have expertise in various areas related to Materials Science and Engineering, Plasma Physics, Computational analysis of materials, Materials Manufacturing, and Biomedical Applications is proposing collaborative work to enhance research excellence of SIIT, and to provide academic services to related industries and the general public. The main focus is as follows:
 
A) Bio- and Nanomaterials
            
       
       
 
Key research activities involve the following areas; biodegradable, biocompatible, bio-based, and nano materials for various applications, especially biomedical and therapeutics, packaging, environmental remediation, separation and purification processes, biodiesel production, biomass utilizations, and agricultural fields.

B) Construction and Repair Materials
 
   
Research and development on technologies required for solving problems and creating innovation in the areas of environmental-friendly and energy conserving construction materials, advanced construction materials, non-destructive testing technologies, and materials for structural repair.

C) Computational Analysis, Design, and Manufacturing
 
Key research activities of this area involve adaptive finite element analysis for materials structure/properties/application assessments. Development of Rapid Prototyping (RP) processes for various types of materials and applications is also a major focus of the unit.

D) Materials Characterizations and Testing
   
   
Equipped with state-of-the-art testing and characterization facilities, the unit devotes its research capabilities to the testing and characterizations of various types of materials, including plastics, rubbers, and nanomaterials. Development of sensors and characterization devices for materials is also a main focus.

E) Plasma Applications
   
   
The study of plasma behaviors in various aspects, includes thermal and particle transports, plasma instability, plasma-wall interactions, and plasma heating. Plasma generators are constructed and developed for use in various applications, especially biomedical and agricultural fields.
 
   

III. Members

The M@P Tech research unit has continuously produced a number of research publications, as summarized in Appendix 1. The research work is supported by various external research funding agencies, such as TRF, NRCT, TTSF, NSTDA, IRPC, SCG, TINT, and NRU. Currently, members of M@P Tech research unit supervise 8 Ph.D. students and 9 Master’s students.
A) Faculty Members
The list of M@P Tech research unit members with their expertise is as follows:
 
  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pakorn Opaprakasit
(Unit Head)
Biopolymers, Polymers and Materials Testing
  Prof. Dr. Somnuk Tangtermsirikul
Construction Repair Materials
  Prof. Dr. Pruettha Nanakorn
Computational Analysis of Materials
  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thawatchai Onjun
Physics and Plasma Applications
  Asst. Prof. Dr. Paiboon Sreearunothai
Nanomaterials, Sensors
  Asst. Prof. Dr. Siwarutt Boonyarattanakalin
Chemical Biology
  Asst. Prof. Dr. Wanwipa Siriwatwechakul
Polymers and Biomaterials
  Dr. Suchada Rianmora
Materials Manufacturing

B) Research Assistants

Ph.D. candidates
  1. Mr. Ponkris Klaywittaphat
  2. Mr. Boonyarit Chatthong
  3. Ms. Wannapa Buangam
  4. Mr. Wittawat Kanjanaput
  5. Mr. Taweesak Boonsod
  6. Ms. Nichakorn Pathumrangsan
  7. Ms. Pornkamon Nalakarn
  8. Mr. Issara Poljungreed
Master’s students
  1. Mr. Ritwan Masae
  2. Ms. Narisara Jaikaew
  3. Ms. Wilairat Supmak
  4. Ms. Aye Yu Yu Swe
  5. Ms. Wipada Moonkambil
  6. Ms. Pornnappan Deesaen
  7. Ms. Giang Truc Le Thi
  8. Ms. Pornpimol Bookong
  9. Mr. Sarayoot Supannachat
C) Staff Members
  • Mr. Thanaphong Phongpreecha
IV. Facilities
M@P Tech research unit is equipped with state-of-the-art testing and characterization facilities, as detailed below:
  1. Materials characterization and testing facilities: XRD, FTIR, UV Vis spectroscopy, DSC, TGA, HPLC, Universal testing machine, Brookfield and Capillary Viscometer, Impact strength tester, Zeta sizer, Inductively-Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (ICP), Material Deterioration testing equipment
  2. Plasma generators
  3. Polymer synthesis and processing facilities: Pilot-scale reactor, twin-screw extruder, internal mixer, injection molding, compression molding, two roll mill, electrospinning machine
  4. Computational, Design and Manufacturing: Computational mechanics, Finite Element (FEM) technology, Structural optimization, Rapid prototyping (RP)
V. Services and Activities
M@P Tech research unit provides services to related industries in the areas related to materials and plasma applications, as follows:
  1. Research and development
  2. Characterization and testing services
  3. Consultation
  4. Training and workshops
VI. Research Projects, Partners, and Clients
A) Research Projects
The M@P Tech members are actively involved in research in various aspects of materials and plasma technology. In the last 3 years, M@P Tech has been involved in more than 18 research projects, supported by various funding sources as follows

List of Projects from 2010-2013 :
  1. “Development of High Performance Bioplastics from PLA Stereocomplex”, NRCT (2013).
  2. “Development of portable infrared device for rapid measurement of free-fatty acid influencing biodiesel production process and cooking oils used in various food industries”, NRCT (2013).
  3. “Enhancement of Thermal Stability and Mechanical Properties of PLA by Stereocomplexation,” MTEC and PURAC (2010-2013).
  4. “Development of Nanomaterials for Use in Biomedical Applications,” National Research University Grant, CHE (2011-2013).
  5. “Development of infrared spectroscopic techniques for rapid measurement of biodiesel quality and optimization of biodiesel production process,” NRCT (2011).
  6. “Development of Lactide-based Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications” (a sub project of TRF–Senor Research Scholar grant awarded to Prof. Pamuan Tangboriboonrat 2011-2014).
  7. “Finite Element (FEM) Analysis of rubber marine fender”, N. C. R. Rubber Industry (2012).
  8. “Process optimization for Styrene-co-acrylonitrile (SAN) production”, MTEC & IRPC (2012-2013).
  9. “Toughening of polylactic acid by bio-based materials”, Bangchak Petroleum (2012-2013).
  10. “Development of nanomaterials for use in biomedical applications,” NRCT (2011-2012).
  11. “Novel magnetic nanoparticles for treatment of radioactive cesium contaminated environment,” TRF (2012-2014).
  12. “Magnetic nanoparticles for recovery of high value products from biodiesel production process,” Bangchak Petroleum Public Co. Ltd. (2012 – Jul 2013).
  13. “Plasma behaviors during the pellet injection in tokamak plasmas,” TTSF (2010-2011).
  14. “Development of Dense Plasma Focus for medical applications,” TINT (2011-2013).
  15. “Investigation of plasma behaviors and nuclear fusion reactions in Tokamak reactors,” National Research University project (2010-2011).
  16. “Impacts of on the formation of Internal Transport Barriers (ITBs) and the ablation of pellets in Tokamak plasmas,” ThEP (2010-2011).
  17. “Investigation of Formation and Dynamic of Edge and Internal Transport Barriers using Bifurcation Concept,” TRF (2012-2015).
  18. “Study of the formation and collapse of transport barriers for plasmas in Tokamak nuclear fusion reactors,” Government Annual Research Budget (2011-2012).
     
 
VII. Contact
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pakorn Opaprakasit
Head, Materials and Plasma Technology (M@P Tech) Research Unit
Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT)
Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, 12121, Thailand
Tel: +66(2) 986-9009~13 Ext. 1806
Fax: +66(2) 986-9009~13 Ext. 1801
Email: pakorn@siit.tu.ac.th 
https://www.facebook.com/maptech.siit

VIII. Doctoral and Master Degree Scholarships
Full and partial scholarships for graduate students in the fields related to Materials, Chemical engineering, Environment, and Plasma technology are available. Some scholarships include living stipends. More details and application forms can be found at www.siit.tu.ac.th/graduate_general_en.htm.
 
A) International Journals2013
  1. Thammawong, C.; Opaprakasit, P.; Tangboriboonrat, P.; Sreearunothai P.*, Prussian Blue-Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles for Removal of Cesium from Contaminated Environment, Journal of Nanoparticles Research 2013. 15 (6). Article in press. [IF 2011 = 3.287] doi:10.1007/s11051-013-1689-z
  2. Tounthai, J.; Petchsuk, A.; Opaprakasit, P.; Opaprakasit*, M., Curable polyester precursors from polylactic acid glycolyzed products, Polymer Bulletin 2013. Article in press. [IF 2011 = 1.532] DOI: 10.1007/s00289-013-0940-1
  3. Thammawong, C.; Buchatip, S.; Petchsuk, A.; Tangboriboonrat, P.; Chanunpanich, N.; Opaprakasit, M.; Sreearunothai, P.; Opaprakasit, P.*, Electrospinning of Poly(L-Lactide-co-DL-Lactide) Copolymers : Effect of Chemical Structures and Spinning Conditions, Polymer Engineering & Science Journal 2013. In press. [IF 2011 = 1.302]
  4. Sriromreun, P.; Petchsuk, A.; Opaprakasit, M.; Opaprakasit, P.*, Miscibility and Hydrolytic Degradability of Polylactic acid/Poly (ethylene terephthalate-co-lactic acid) Blends, Chiang Mai Journal of Science 2013. In press. [IF 2011 = 0.473]
  5. Sriromreun P., Petchsuk A., Opaprakasit M., Opaprakasit P.*, Standard Methods for Characterizations of Structure and Hydrolytic Degradation of Aliphatic/aromatic Copolyesters, Polymer Degradation and Stability 2013, 98 (1), 169-176. [IF 2011 = 2.769]
  6. Petchsuk A.*, Submark W., Opaprakasit P., Development of Crosslinkable Poly(lactic acid-co-glycidyl methacrylate) Copolymers and their Curing Behaviors, Polymer Journal 2013, 45, 406-412. doi:10.1038/pj.2012.159. [IF 2011 = 1.258]
  7. Chatthong B and Onjun T, “Simulations of ITER in the presence of ITB using the NTV intrinsic toroidal rotation model,” Nuclear Fusion (2013); 53: 013007
  8. Wong-In, S., Khanh Thuyen, N. T., Siriwatwechakul, W. and Viravaidya-Pasuwat, K. (2013), Multilayered mouse preosteoblast MC3T3-E1 sheets harvested from temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylamide) grafted culture surface for cell sheet engineering. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 129: 3061–3069. doi: 10.1002/app.39032
  9. Boonyarattanakalin, S.; Ruchirawat, S.; and Gleeson, M. P. "Ring Opening Polymerization of Mannosyl Tricyclic Orthoesters: Rationalising the Stereo and Regioselectivity of Glycosidic Bond Formation Using Quantum Chemical Calculations" MedChemComm, 2013, 4, 265-268. (IF 2012 = 2.8)
  10. Tunsakul J, Jongpradist P, Soparat P, Kongkitkul W, Nanakorn P. Analysis of fracture propagation in a rock mass surrounding a tunnel under high internal pressure by the element-free Galerkin method. Computers and Geotechnics 2014;55 (January 2014): 78-90. [IF 2012 = 1.224]
  11. Rianmora, S., and Koomsap, P. (2011). “Structured Light System-based Selective Data Acquisition”, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Vol. 27, No. 4, August 2011, pp. 870-880.
2012
  1. L. Laokiat, P. Khemthong, N. Grisdanurak*, P. Sreearunothai, W. Pattanasiriwisawa, W. Klysubun. Photocatalytic degradation of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) using transition metal-doped titanium dioxde immobilized on fibreglass cloth. Korean. J. Chem. Eng. Vol. 29, pp. 377-383, 2012.
  2. Thammawong C., Sreearunothai P., Petchsuk A., Tangboriboonrat P., Pimpha N., Opaprakasit P.*, Preparation and Characterizations of Naproxen-Loaded Magnetic Nanoparticles Coated with PLA-g-Chitosan Copolymer, Journal of Nanoparticles Research 2012, 14(8), 1-12. [IF 2011 = 3.287]
  3. Kaewsaneha C., Opaprakasit P., Polpanich D., Smanmoo S., Tangboriboonrat P.*, Immobilization of Fluorescein Isothiocyanate on Magnetic Polymeric Nanoparticle Using Chitosan as Spacer, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2012, 377, 145-152. [IF 2011 = 3.070]
  4. Klaywitthaphat P and Onjun T, “Scaling of the Density Peak with Pellet Injection in ITER”, Plasma Science and Technology (2012); 14(12), 1036-1040
  5. Y. PIANROJ and T. ONJUN, “Simulations of H-Mode Plasmas in Tokamak Using a Complete Core-Edge Modeling in the BALDUR Code,” Plasma Science and Technology (2012) 14(9) 778-788
  6. Y. PIANROJ and T. ONJUN, “Projection of bootstrap current in the ITER with standard type I ELMy H-mode and steady state scenarios”, Songklanakarin J. Sci. Technol. (2012) 34 (1), 77-91
  7. P. Klaywitthaphat and T. Onjun, “Simulations of plasma behavior during pellet injection in ITER” Plasma Physics Reports (2012); 38(6), 496-502
  8. Y. Painroj, J. Techakunchaiyanunt and T. Onjun, “Model for Pedestal Transport Based on Suppression of Anomalous Transport Using ?E ?B Flow Shear and Magnetic Shear” J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. (2012); 81(4); 044502
  9. Siriwatwechakul, W., Siramanont, J., and Vichit-Vadakan, W. (2012). ”Behavior of Superabsorbent Polymers in Calcium- and Sodium-Rich Solutions.” J. Mater. Civ. Eng., 24(8), 976–980
2011
  1. P. Sreearunothai, A. Estrada, S. Asaoka, M. Kowalczyk, S. Jang, A. R. Cook, J. M. Preses and J. R. Miller*. Triplet Transport to and Trapping by Acceptor End Groups on Conjugated Polyfluorene Chains. J. Phys. Chem. C. Vol. 115, pp. 19569-19577, 2011.
  2. A. R. Cook*, P. Sreearunothai, S. Asaoka and J. R. Miller. Sudden ‘step’ electron capture by conjugated polymers. J. Phys. Chem. A. Vol. 115, pp. 11615-11623, 2011.
  3. Nguyen T.H., Tangboriboonrat P., Rattanasom N., Petchsuk A., Opaprakasit M., Thammawong C., Opaprakasit P.*, Polylactic acid/Ethylene Glycol Triblock Copolymers as Novel Crosslinkers for Epoxidized Natural Rubber, Journal of Applied. Polymer Science 2011, 124(1), 164-174. [IF 2011 = 1.289]
  4. Kongthong W., Petchsuk A., Opaprakasit P., Opaprakasit M.*, Processability Enhancement of Poly(lactic acid-co-ethylene terephthalate) by Blending with Poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate), Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate),and Poly(butylene succinate), Polymer Bulletin 2011, 67, 275-290. [IF 2011 = 1.532]
  5. P. Leekhaphan and T. Onjun, “Pellet Injection into H-mode ITER Plasma with the Presence of Internal Transport Barriers,” Plasma Physics Reports (2011); 37(4), 321-337
  6. A. Wisitsorasak A and Onjun T, “Impacts of Pellets Injected from the Low Field Side on Plasma in ITER,” Plasma Physics Reports (2011); 37(1), 1-18
  7. Hutacharoen, P.; Ruchirawat, S.; and Boonyarattanakalin S. "Biological Activities of Synthetic Oligosaccharides and Glycolipids from Mycobacteria" Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry, 2011, 30, 415-437.
2010
  1. Y. Shibano, H. Imahori, P. Sreearunothai, A. R. Cook and J. R. Miller. Conjugated “Molecular Wire” for Excitons. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1492-1496 (2010).
  2. Tanpantree, S., Opaprakasit, P., Polpanich, D., Smanmoo, S., Tangboriboonrat, P.*, Polymeric Disinfectant Nanocapsules: Effect of Molecular Weight of Poly(methyl methacrylate), Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology 2010, 6(4), 385-390. [IF 2011 = 4.216]
  3. Kaewsaneha, C., Opaprakasit, P., Polpanich, D., Smanmoo, S., Tangboriboonrat, P.*, Composite Particles of Disinfectant Nanocapsules-Skim Rubber Latex, International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization 2010, 15 (8), 524-535. [IF 2011 = 1.412]
  4. Namkajorn M., Petchsuk A., Opaprakasit M., Opaprakasit P. *, Synthesis and Characterizations of Degradable Aliphatic-Aromatic Copolyesters from Lactic Acid, Dimethyl Terephthalate and Diol: Effects of Diol Type and Monomer Feed Ratio, eXPRESS Polymer Letters 2010, 4 (7), 415-422. [IF 2011 = 1.769]
  5. Tanpantree S., Opaprakasit P., Loykulnant S., Kangwansupamonkon W., Tangboriboonrat P.*, Nanocapsules Embedded in Natural Rubber Latex Gloves, Journal of Applied. Polymer Science 2010, 117, 1798-1803. [IF 2011 = 1.289]
  6. B. Chatthong, T. Onjun and W. Singhsomroje, “Model for toroidal velocity in H-mode plasmas in the presence of internal transport barriers,” Nuclear Fusion (2010); 50: 064009
  7. Y. Pianroj, C. Chuchinda, P. Leekhaphan and T. Onjun, “Behaviors of Impurity in ITER Plasma with Standard Type I ELMy H-mode and Steady State Scenarios,” Plasma Physics Reports (2010); 36(10), 827
  8. Yongyat, C.; Ruchirawat, S.; and Boonyarattanakalin, S. "Polymerization of Mannosyl Tricyclic Orthoesters for the Synthesis of alpha (1-6) Mannopyranan - the Backbone of Lipomannan" Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 2010, 18, 3726-3734.
  9. Kikkeri, R.; Kamena, F.; Gupta, T.; Hossain, L. H.; Boonyarattanakalin, S.; Gorodyska, G.; Beurer, E.; Coullerez, G.; Textor, M.; and Seeberger, P. H. "Ru(II) Glycodendrimers as Probes to Study Lectin?Carbohydrate Interactions and Electrochemically Measure Monosaccharide and Oligosaccharide Concentrations" Langmuir, 2010, 26, 1520.
  10. Nimtawat A, Nanakorn P. A genetic algorithm for beam-slab layout design of rectilinear floors. Engineering Structures 2010;32(11): 3488-3500. [IF 2010 = 1.363]
B) National Journals
  1. Chatthong B and Onjun T, “Self-Consistent Simulations of Standard H-Mode ITER with the Presence of an Internal Transport Barrier” Thammasat International Journal of Science and Technology (2011); 16(1), 42-53
  2. Buangam W, Onjun T, Suwanna S, and Singhsomroje W, “New Models for Predicting Pedestal Temperature and Density in ELMy H-Mode Plasma” Thammasat International Journal of Science and Technology (2011); 16(1), 54-65
  3. Pianroj Y, Suwanna S, and Onjun T, “Performance Analysis of Low-Power Tokamak Reactors Using Predictive Integrated Modeling Code” Thammasat International Journal of Science and Technology (2011); 16(1), 66-77
  4. Klaywitthaphat P, Onjun T, et al., “Study of NGS Pellet Ablation Rate in ITER Based on Two Different Pellet Ablation Rate Models Using 1.5D BALDUR Code” Thammasat International Journal of Science and Technology (2010); 15(4), 49-53
  5. Siriwitpreecha A and Onjun T, “Development of Density and Temperature Boundary Condition Models in L-mode Tokamak Plasmas” Thammasat International Journal of Science and Technology (2010); 15(3), 19-31
  6. Leekhaphan P and Onjun T, “Impurity Transport and Helium Accumulation in ITER” Thammasat International Journal of Science and Technology (2010); 15(3), 47-68