ICE-Matter 2nd Periodic Meeting via Google hangout meet platform

It has been a year that ICE-Matter has begun its operations as a CEP consortium with the support from its academic partners in Japan, Laos, and Myanmar, as well as an industrial partner in Thailand. As a common and efficient practice for progress report, ICE-Matter has conducted its 2nd periodic meeting through an online platform during COVID-19 situation. The meeting was successfully organized and resulted in fruitful discussions.

On May 14, 2020, Kasetsart university (KU), as main facilitator, called for the 2nd periodic meeting to report the achievements and challenges the consortium faced in the past six months. Progress on scholarship program, collaborative researches, mobility activities, Double degree program including financial management had been shared with all representatives from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), National University of Laos (NUOL), University of Yangon (UY) and AUN/SEED-Net.

Promotional trips at NUOL and UY were the key activities that led to the success of ICE-Matter’s student recruitment. One PhD and seven Master’s candidates were selected and will be provided financial support including an opportunity to attend a short-term exchange program at NAIST during their studies at KU.

On January 15-16, 2020, KU and NAIST delegates visited Department of Civil Engineering, NUOL

In terms of research, three on-going research projects and related mobility activities have been actively conducted among all partners. Recently, two NAIST professors visited KU and provided block lectures on their research expertise in M.S. program. Additionally, industrial visit trips at Okuno-Auromex allowed the ICE-Matter team to explore the research laboratory and characterization facilities. Collaborative research on electroplating technology and industrial wastes from electroplating was also discussed. On top of the mentioned achievements, Double Degree Program development between NAIST and KU is only one step away to be accomplished.

On January 13 – 14,2020, KU and NAIST delegates visited Department of Physics, University of Yangon, Myanmar

During October 28 – 31, 2019, Prof. Jun Ohta visited Department of Materials Engineering, Kasetsart University to give block lectures on a graduate-level course of “Implantable Biomedical Devices”

On October 20, 2019, Prof. Jun Ohta (Division of Materials Science, NAIST, Japan), Assoc. Prof. Ratchatee (Department of Materials Engineering, Kasetsart University), and M.S. students visited Okuno Auromex Company, one of the industrial partners of ICE-Matter. Okuno Auromex is a leading company in plating and electrochemical solutions in Thailand

On July 29 – 31, 2019, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sureerat Pholsilp, Head of the department of Materials Engineering, KU, , along with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oratai Jongprateep, Dr. Gasidit Panomsuwon, and Dr. Naray Pewnim, KU ICE-Matter representatives, , visited Nara Institute of Technology (NAIST) for KU-NAIST activities kick-off for the ICE-Matter consortium

In response to the recent COVID-19 crisis, ICE-Matter team employs their engineering knowledge to diligently produce nano-smart gowns with antibacterial and water-repellent properties, and 3D-printed protective face shields. The end products have been sent to frontline medical staff who have been taking great risks in a mission to help contain COVID-19 spreading in Thailand.

During the Covid-19 situation, helps from all directions are needed for Thai medical staff. ICE-Matter professors, Assoc. Prof. Oratai and Dr. Gasidit, and ICE-Matter and AUN/SEED-Net scholars from Laos, Ms. Latda Chandang and Miss Khotamy Saphongxay, have contributed their expertise to help relieve the situation

Apart from the mentioned achievements, ICE-Matter also indicates the potential to establish and expand the linkage with external partners beyond ASEAN, which is regarded as one of AUN/SEED-Net’s important objectives in Phase VI. The collaboration the consortium recently builds up with academic institutions in India and Nepal are signaling future growth of our network. AUN/SEED-Net would like to thank all partners for dedicating your energy and efforts for the progressive outputs of ICE-Matter.

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