Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC)


Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) is a private, postgraduate-level university situated in Wangchan Valley, Rayong, Thailand. VISTEC strives towards world-class academic research and creating knowledge and cutting-edge innovation for the national demands and global challenges. Our mission is to become an internationally competitive world-class university; to foster passionate faculty and talented students; to actively conduct high-quality, high-impact, frontier research; and to enhance Thailand’s competitiveness via research and innovation for the sustainable development of the society.

Founded in 2015 by PTT PLC, Thailand’s leading energy company, VISTEC is designed to be autonomous and academically independent. This ensures that the institute can professionally and carefully select outstanding faculty members, students, and staff in science and technology as well as carry out independent research to achieve world-class academic excellence.

Our four schools have been established to focus on the four interdisciplinary areas that will be the key technologies of the future.

  • Advanced materials – School of Molecular Science and Engineering (MSE)
  • Energy and environment – School of Energy Science and Engineering (ESE)
  • Biotechnology – School of Biomolecular Science and Engineering (BSE)
  • Digital technology – School of Information Science and Technology (IST)

Research Excellence

From the efforts of our faculty, students, supporting team as well as our state-of-the art facilities, VISTEC has demonstrated research excellence and ranks as the world’s No. 12 on Nature Index Top 30 Academic Institutions under 30. For the overall Nature Index ranking, we have made it to No. 3 in ASEAN and No. 1 in Thailand for chemical sciences. All of these testaments have been achieved within only 4 years since our establishment.

Furthermore, we are forming strong academic-industry partnerships by lending our academic expertise to solve real-world problems and innovate new technologies. One example is our leading energy storage technology that receives generous funding through the triple helix model – university, government, and industry – for scaling up towards commercialisation. The Centre of Excellence for Energy Storage Technology (CEST) is one of ASEAN’s largest centers operated by a university for manufacturing innovative batteries and supercapacitors. We also leverage our expertise in biotechnology—particularly synthetic biology, biocatalysis, directed evolution, and bioprocess engineering—to convert agricultural, industrial and food wastes to biochemicals and biofuels using our Integrated Zerowaste Bioconversion Technology. Our circular economy approaches are also supported via the triple helix model, implemented at local community levels, and can be scaled up to meet national demands and global challenges.

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1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) published between 1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
25 9.15

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 18 7.57
Life Sciences 6 1.51
Physical Sciences 2 0.10

Highlight of the month

Synthetic biology boosts biofuel production



Engineered bacteria can efficiently turn a waste product of the palm oil industry into a valuable biofuel, researchers at the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) in Thailand have shown.

By inserting the right combination of genes, bacteria can be turned into ecofriendly chemical factories. Researchers had previously inserted a gene set to enable E. coli to turn waste fatty acids into alkane biofuels. The last step of this process is driven by an enzyme that forms the final alkane from an aldehyde precursor. But the enzyme also consumes a key cellular metabolite, limiting biofuel output.

Now, the VISTEC team has incorporated an extra gene into the engineered bacteria, for an enzyme that regenerates the metabolite by consuming one of the by-products of alkane production. The extra gene boosted the bacteria’s alkane production yield to around 50% — the highest yield achieved to date.

Supported content

  1. Journal of Biological Chemistry 294, 11536–11548 (2019). doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.008246

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 38.14% Domestic
  • 61.86% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (17 total)

  • Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), Thailand
  • Domestic institution
  1. Mahidol University (MU), Thailand (3.41)
  2. Burapha University (BBU), Thailand (2.17)
  3. Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Thailand (1.25)
  4. Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand (0.95)
  5. Center for Innovation in Chemistry (PERCH-CIC), Thailand (0.78)
  6. Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand (0.76)
  7. Ubon Ratchathani University (UBU), Thailand (0.47)
  8. Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand (0.47)
  9. Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Thailand (0.47)
  10. Mahasarakham University, Thailand (0.47)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

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