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President's Welcome

Welcome students, researchers, stakeholders and industry partners. Welcome to the Center of Excellence (COEN) in Nanotechnology at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). We have a state-of-the-art research laboratory and excellent integrated academic programs that lead to either Master's of Science, Master's of Engineering or Doctoral degrees. COEN is an independent academic and research center that is highly integrated with all of our schools on campus - School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Environment Resource Development (SERD) and the School of Management (SOM). The Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology also shares activities with other units in AIT. The mission of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is to stimulate rapid economic growth, social change and international collaboration and investment to transform the region. It is an exciting place to be and AIT is in the right place at the right time. Nanotechnology has exponentially grown since 1990 and is now expected to contribute 3.3 trillion USD to the global GDP by 2020. The Southeast Asian region and Thailand in particular are expected to be major players as companies from all over the world are relocating in Thailand. The Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology is welcoming qualified and energetic people to join us in fulfillment of this great potential.

Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley)
Asian Institute of Technology
PO Box 4 Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 Thailand
Website +66-(0)2-524-5535(direct), +66-(0)2-524-6319 (secretary) +66-(0)2-524-6006

Director's Message

The Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (COEN) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) offers students a key that opens the door to opportunity. COEN also offers researchers and academics from other universities and institutes a wonderful place to study and teach. Nanotechnology is an important emerging technology. It is highly interdisciplinary in that chemists, biologists, physicists and engineers all work together to create amazing new materials with remarkable properties and to develop devices that change the way we live. Since nanotechnology cuts across industrial sectors, nanotechnology has already contributed in many ways - e.g. cell phones with less than 20 nm transistors, stronger materials with carbon nanotubes, water repellant surfaces with ZnO nanorods, anti-cancer hyperthermic therapeutics with magnetic nanoparticles, medical imaging with quantum dots, smart farming with encapsulated fertilizers, water desalinization with layer-by-layer ionic structures, high capacity batteries with lithium ion-nanocarbons, solar cells with broad spectral acquisition and more and more.

We have access to the latest analytical equipment including transmission and scanning electron microscopes, x-ray diffraction, BET analysis, various spectroscopies and thermal analysis methods. COEN is but a mere 1 km south of Thailand's Science Park and our partners NANOTEC, BIOTEC, NECTEC and MTEC, Thailand's government laboratories for nanotechnology, biotechnology, electronics and materials respectively. We are located in Pathumthani province about an hour north of Bangkok on a beautiful campus placed in a serene setting. Please consult with our image gallery to see for yourself. Therefore, if you have a background in chemistry, biology, physics or engineering, join us in our exciting trek into the future. Develop something now and tomorrow that will make an impact. The Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology can show the way for you. Submit your inquiry form today. The link is provided on this page.

G. Louis Hornyak, Ph.D. (Colorado State University)
Interim Director
Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology
Outreach Building, 2nd Floor
Asian Institute of Technology
PO Box 4 Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 Thailand
Website +66-(0)2-524-5009(Secretary), +66-(0)2-524-5617 (Office) +66-(0)8-5901-1531
hornyak@ait.asia or nano@ait.asia

Asian Institute of Technology

The Asian Institute of Technology promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was founded in 1959 during the Cold War as a SEATO (South East Asian Treaty Organization) institution of higher learning. AIT specialized in technology development that is important to the region. These include water engineering management, agriculture systems engineering, civil engineering, disaster management and infrastructure. It was the first post-graduate level institution in Thailand. Since 1959, AIT has become a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout the region and with top universities in the world.

Recognized for its multinational, multicultural environment, the Institute operates as a self-contained international community at its campus located 40 km (25 miles) north of downtown Bangkok, Thailand near Thammasat University and next door to Thailand' Science Park complex. Besides the usual labs and academic buildings, the main campus includes housing, sports, and medical facilities, a conference center, agricultural fields, fish farms and a library with over 230,000 volumes and 830 print and on-line periodicals. AIT currently has about 1,700 students from 60 countries, 20,000 alumni from 90 countries around the world, and 75 international faculty. AIT offers Master's degrees (MBA, MEng., and MSc.), executive Master's degrees, Doctoral degrees (DEng., DTechSc., and Ph.D.), diplomas and certificate programs. AIT's intensive English program is well known. Additional information about AIT can be found on AIT website.

All serve to fulfill AIT's Mission: To develop highly qualified and committed professionals who play leading roles in the region's sustainable development and its integration into the global economy. The aim of the institute is to promote technological change and sustainable development in the Southeast Asian region through higher education, research and outreach. AIT consists of three schools: SET, SERD and SOM - the schools of engineering and technology, environment resource development and management respectively. The AIT Extension and centers such as the Yunus Center, The Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change (SDCC), the Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (ACISIA) and the Center for Corporate Responsibility (CSR) offer AIT a broad outreach to the academia, industry, government and public sectors. AIT is located about one hour north of downtown Bangkok on Paholyothin Highway. Location and details are provided under the CONTACTS tab. For more information about AIT, please link to AIT website.

AIT is amongst the most unique of institutions of higher learning in the world. Graduates of AIT never forget their time here. We are international. You will meet faculty and staff from all over the region and the globe. Your friends too will come from many countries. Our Nanotechnology Program is international, interdisciplinary and interesting. When we celebrate, we celebrate together regardless of our origins, culture and even our academic backgrounds. Come and join us. Your career might depend upon it. The thing you discover may be the next big thing - just like nano is already the next big thing!

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Nanotechnology Program

The Nanotechnology Field of Study (AT79, FoS)

Nanotechnology is an emerging technology. It is changing the world. It is the future but it is already "the now" - just use your cell phone and wonder how many small transistors are inside there to give all that the speed and capability. Besides electronics, applications abound in medicine, coatings, environment, sensors, agriculture, energy, and in many more areas. Please explore this exciting field with us.

Both academic and research activities are offered within the Nanotechnology Field of Study. The Nanotechnology Academic Program is housed in SET. The Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (COEN) is an institute-wide research center that supports the Nanotechnology Field of Study. COEN operates independently of the three AIT schools but serves as an interdisciplinary platform for all work unified by nanotechnology.

COEN is our cutting edge research laboratory on the AIT campus. Inside we make nanoparticles. We make nanosensors. We make nanomaterials of all kinds for a variety of applications. We have partners in Asia, Europe and the United States. We know many people for collaborations. COEN is also international. Students and faculty work together to publish papers, produce patents, write books, attend conferences, and basically have a good time doing it.

COEN was a relatively recent addition to AIT, formally established in 2006 as a center of excellence by the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) of Thailand under the auspices of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the primary funding organization in the country. The Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology at AIT is a research-oriented institution that supports the Nanotechnology Field of Study. Research is funded by government grants, industry contracts and non-governmental organizational (NGO) projects. In addition to conducting research, COEN is the outreach arm of the Nanotechnology Field of Study. We have published several world-renown and award winning textbooks in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology - we are the experts.

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Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology

The Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology is located in the heart of the AIT campus (see map). COEN became an institute-wide interdisciplinary research center in 2014 while its academic nanotechnology program is housed in the School of Engineering (SET). COEN at AIT provides two core functions. The research center conducts and supports nanotechnology research and development at AIT. Research is funded by government grants, industry contracts and non-governmental organizational (NGO) projects. Secondly, COEN provides curriculum, faculty and instruction to the Nanotechnology Academic Program. The mission of the academic program is to provide education towards attainment of Master of Science, Master of Engineering or Doctoral degrees. Nanotechnology professional, certificate, online and training programs are also coordinated by COEN.

What is Nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is emerging. Nanotechnology is enabling. Nanotechnology makes products better. Nanotechnology is interdisciplinary, converging. Nanotechnology is revolutionary. Nanotechnology is horizontal - it cuts across all traditional monolithic academic institutions. Students from SERD, SOM and SET all participate in the Nanotechnology Field of Study and COEN for academic, research and business fronts. Even a 'nanoMBA' program is planned for the near term in partnership with the School of Management. The Nanotechnology Field of Study at AIT is designed to address the needs of knowledge-based industries in Thailand and the region. Because nanotechnology is found across a great majority of industries and academic institutions today, experts are needed to fill much anticipated job opportunities. It is our goal to help create these experts. Most of the graduates of the Nanotechnology Program go on to pursue doctoral work or occupy high levels of responsibility in industry. The Nanotechnology Program at AIT offers a wide range of applications that cater to engineers and scientists and a broad based curriculum to develop a well-rounded understanding of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience to industry and commerce. Nanoscience is the study of Nature's nanotechnology. The nanometer is one-billionth of a meter - a thousand times smaller than a micron. The average hair diameter is about 50 microns. One nanometer therefore is 50,000 times smaller than the diameter of the human hair. About ten hydrogen atoms in a row equal one nanometer. According to formal definitions, nanotechnology involves research and development of materials and devices with at least one dimension in the range 1 - 100 nm. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are all about SIZE. Nanotechnology (and hence nanoscience) are interdisciplinary because every material can be made small - metals, semiconductors, metal oxides, ceramics, polymers, carbon materials, organics, and biological materials.

Why are nanomaterials so interesting? Nanomaterials have remarkable properties. Gold becomes a semiconductor and a catalyst, looks red and melts at a lower temperature. Carbon nanotubes are the strongest materials known to science. A meter cube broken into nanocubes has a collective surface area of 6,000 sq. kilometers. Metal alloys with nanoscale grains are better. Antibacterial silver really is the best bactericide. And lest we forget, our computers and cell phones have incredible speed and capability due to application of nanoscale transistors. Finally, all metabolic processes and structures in your body are mitigated by nanomaterials. Nature is the master of nanotechnology.

From the perspective of economics, nanotechnology was expected to exceed $1.5 trillion USD GDP by 2015. The new goal claims that nanotechnology will contribute $3.0 trillion USD to the global economy by 2020. There are opportunities in nanotechnology related to every industrial sector. In what direction does your future head? The trends are exponential or steeply linear. Since 2000, the numbers of publications, journals, conferences, patents, companies and products have burgeoned - and the number of careers as well.

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