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Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC)

Thailand

Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) is a private, postgraduate-level university located at the heart of the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) in Wangchan Valley, Rayong, Thailand. VISTEC strives towards world-class research excellence by creating advanced knowledge and cutting-edge innovation to address national demands and global challenges. Our mission is to become an internationally-recognised university; to foster passionate faculty and talented students; to actively pursue 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 rigorously select outstanding faculty members, students, researchers, and staff 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 of future key technologies.

  • 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)

Further, the Frontier Research Centre (FRC) has been created to provide state-of-the-art facilities and serve as the focal point for our research collaborations and utilisations with both academic and industrial partners from around the world.

Research Excellence

From the dedicated efforts of all our team members, within 5 years of our establishment VISTEC has achieved the premier status of ranking as Thailand’s No. 1 in All Sciences and Chemistry categories and No.2 in Life Sciences of Nature Index in 2020. We were also listed as the World’s No. 12 on Nature Index Top 30 Academic Institutions under 30 in 2018.

Our cutting-edge materials research programs emphasise on sustainability with real-world applications: advanced catalysts for cleaner, more efficient industrial processes and for converting CO2 to high value-added chemicals; stimuli-responsive nanomaterials with applications spanning from drug delivery to corrosion protection; self-healing materials; advanced adsorptive materials for cleaning up toxic wastes; organic-inorganic hybrid materials for energy devices and separation/purification membranes; and novel semiconductors for next-generation high-efficiency lighting and solar cells.

The strength of our materials research is highlighted by the establishment of two collaborative labs with world-renown partners on our campus. The Max Planck-VISTEC Partner Laboratory for Sustainable Materials is a joint research centre between the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany and VISTEC aiming at creating biomaterials and smart coatings from Thai natural bioresources. The Smart Materials Research Laboratory by VISTEC and Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University, Japan, focuses on molecular-based electron/ion transport materials for energy applications.

VISTEC also encourages strong academic-industry partnerships. 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 centres operated by a university for manufacturing innovative batteries and supercapacitors.

We leverage our core competency in biotechnology—particularly 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 currently implemented at local community levels and will be scaled up to meet national demands and global challenges.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, VISTEC and collaborators deploy our synthetic biology expertise to develop and clinically validate a SARS-CoV-2 RNA detection platform based on CRISPR diagnostic technologies. Such a novel platform—which is quick, accurate, and does not need extensive instrumentation—can facilitate management and containment of COVID-19 and future emerging infectious diseases.

To drive the Thai society into the modern economy based on digital innovations, our informatics research programs encompass scalable data systems, computer vision, networking, robotics, and brain-computer interfaces. We apply our unique expertise to many industries in Thailand, digitising their operations with advanced automation and machine intelligence.

VISTEC is celebrating our 5th Anniversary in 2020. Despite our young age, we have demonstrated our capabilities and will continue the advancement of our mission to cultivate future leaders in science and technology, pioneer frontier research, and raise the competitiveness of Thailand through the creation of knowledge and innovations.

VISTEC retains sole responsibility for content. © 2020 Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

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 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 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
24 9.01

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 5 0.85
Chemistry 18 8.10
Physical Sciences 3 0.17

Highlight of the month

Finding the sweet spot for sugar-converting catalysis

© LAGUNA DESIGN/Getty

© LAGUNA DESIGN/Getty

Defects in the structure of metal−organic framework (MOF) materials can make ideal sites for the catalytic production of valuable industrial chemicals used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and biopolymers.

MOFs are porous crystalline materials with an atomic structure consisting of metal ions held together by organic linker molecules. In the zirconium-based MOF called UiO-66, each zirconium ion is in principle surrounded by eight oxygen atoms from the organic linkers around it. But at certain sites in the MOF, a linker molecule is missing, leaving a site on the metal open for catalysis.

A team led by researchers from Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) has shown that these imperfections in the structure of UiO-66 can catalyse the conversion of D-xylose, a plant-derived sugar, into the valuable industrial chemical lactic acid.

By engineering the MOF to have even more defect sites, the team produced lactic acid in high yield and with excellent selectivity.

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  1. Chemical Communications 56, 8019–8022 (2020). doi: 10.1039/d0cc03424j

View the article on the Nature Index

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