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 April 2019 - 31 March 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 April 2019 - 31 March 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 8.45

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 16 7.27
Life Sciences 6 0.96
Physical Sciences 4 0.33

Highlight of the month

Bubble-powered nanoparticles move on demand

© Mutlu Kurtbas/Getty

© Mutlu Kurtbas/Getty

Fuel-filled, self-propelled nanovehicles whose motion can be started and stopped at will have been developed by researchers at the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC). The research is a step towards developing nanobots to perform challenging tasks, including in biomedical applications.

The nanovehicles have a self-assembled core−shell structure, in which the silica shell contains a molecule called AIBN. By tweaking the reaction conditions used to make the particles, the VISTEC team could create asymmetric particles that have a fuel tank head and a long tapering tail.

When exposed to heat or ultraviolet light, AIBN breaks down and releases nitrogen gas. As the pressure builds inside the nanoparticle, it ruptures the thin silicon tip of the tail, releasing a stream of gas bubbles that drives the nanovehicle forward in a controlled motion. By switching the light source on and off, or adjusting the temperature, the team could start and stop the vehicles’ motion or alter their speed.

Supported content

  1. ACS Nano 14, 498−508 (2020). doi: 10.1021/acsnano.9b06408

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 19.93% Domestic
  • 80.07% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (8 total)

  • Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), Thailand
  • Domestic institution
  1. Burapha University (BBU), Thailand (1.69)
  2. Mahidol University (MU), Thailand (1.49)
  3. National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand (1.36)
  4. Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand (0.58)
  5. Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Thailand (0.25)
  6. Mahasarakham University, Thailand (0.22)
  7. Silpakorn University, Thailand (0.22)
  8. Synchrotron Light Research Institute, Thailand (0.19)

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

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