National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC)
National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) - Thailand
Researchers at Thailand’s National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) have built the first locally made prototype solar powered water purification unit “SOS water” which combined the use of antimicrobial nanocoating to ceramic filters. Compared to conventional ceramic filter, an antimicrobial nanocoating ceramic filter will increase an extra security by killing or incapacitating bacteria left in the water and preventing the growth of mold and algae in the body of the filter. The project was implemented as a result of the need to provide drinking water to communities affected by the 2011 mega flooding in Thailand. Image Source: NANOTEC
The National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) was established in 2003 by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) as one of four national research centres under its jurisdiction.
NANOTEC has the dual role of serving as a national R&D centre and as a funding agency to support universities and other research institutes. It has established strong links with other institutes in Thailand and with more than 400 nanotechnology researchers, as well as with leading nanotechnology centres overseas.
Currently, NANOTEC Central Lab consists of 12 units located at the Thailand Science Park:
- Nano Delivery System;
- Nano-Molecular Target Discovery;
- Nano Safety and Risk Assessment;
- Nano Molecular Sensor;
- Organic Nanomaterials;
- Hybrid Nanostructure and Nanocomposites;
- Nanomaterials for Energy and Catalysis;
- Nanoscale Simulation;
- Nano Characterization
- Nano Functional Textile
- Engineering and Manufacturing
One of the major goals of NANOTEC is to be a “solution provider in nanotechnology,” therefore a high percentage of the nanotechnology research is focused on industrial applications. Since its inception, NANOTEC has provided more than 15,000 testing services to industries and researchers annually.
In nanobiotechnology and the life sciences, NANOTEC is conducting research on nano-delivery systems, nanomolecular sensors, and nano-cosmeceuticals. For delivery systems, NANOTEC is developing platforms for drug delivery based on nano-encapsulation and molecular complexation techniques for the controlled release and target delivery of bioactive compounds. Nano-carriers studies include core-shell nanoparticles, self-assembly nanoparticles, polymer conjugates, nanoemulsion and molecular inclusion complexes. In addition, novel targeting moieties such as peptides, magnetic, and antibodies are being explored.
(Content source: NANOTEC website and press releases.)