Congratulations to Mr. Banyong Suwankaisorn for receiving this year's Franco-Thai Scholarship 2020. Supporting him for his 2-year study in the double degree program between VISTEC, Thailand and the University of Bordeaux, France, where he will study under the tutelage of Professor Dr. Alexander Kuhn.

Congratulations!! to Ms. Thidarat Imyen
Postdoctoral researcher, Vidyasirimedhi Institute Science and Technology (VISTEC)
Her work entitled “Methane Utilization to Methanol by a Hybrid Zeolite@Metal–Organic Framework" in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces

The production of chiral compounds is of crucial importance for a wide range of potential applications, especially in cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

Chiral compounds are the molecules that have two forms for which all physicochemical properties are identical (mass, melting point, solubility ...), the only difference is that they rotate polarized light in an opposite way. Often they exhibit different pharmaceutical properties; one shows a positive effect in the body, whereas the other one has no effect or even displays toxic properties. In our previous works, we were the first group who demonstrated a series of perspectives with respect to using novel advanced materials, chiral imprinted mesoporous platinum (see more details in our publications), for the highly selective synthesis and the separation of chiral compounds (Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 10956-10959, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 58,3471–3475, Nature Communications, 2017, 8:2087, Nature Communications, 2016, 7:12678, Nature Communications, 2014, 5:3325). In order to facilitate real applications, it is mandatory to explore the possibility to apply this concept also to other cheap metals, because platinum is rather expensive.

Sunpet Asssavapanumat

In the present study, our team (Sunpet Asssavapanumat, Marisa Ketkaew, Prof. Dr. Alexander Kuhn, and Dr. Chularat Wattanakit) has demonstrated for the first time that even a cheap and earth-abundant metal such as Ni can retain chiral properties. The designed surface layers not only allow selective discrimination between two chiral molecular forms, but most importantly also allow very selective production of chiral molecules (>80% enantiomeric excess). These results open up very promising perspectives for the development of low-cost non-noble-metal matrices for the synthesis of chiral compounds (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 47, 18870-18876).

Congratulations!! to Ms. Kachaporn Saenluang
PhD student,Vidyasirimedhi Institute Science and Technology (VISTEC)
Her work entitled “Hierarchical Nanospherical ZSM‑5 Nanosheets with Uniform Al Distribution for Alkylation of Benzene with Ethanol" in ACS ApplNano Mater.

Congratulations to Dr. Chularat Wattanakit for receiving the honor on the Asian Scientist 100 list (2019 edition) from Asian Scientist Magazine


The Asian Scientist 100 (AS100) celebrates the successes of Asia’s brightest researchers and innovators, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines. Now in its fourth year, AS100 is a community of early-career and established scientists who have made significant contributions to their respective fields. To view the full list, you may visit


To be acknowledged on the list, honorees must have won a national or international prize in the past year, or have been recognized for their significant achievements in scientific research or leadership.

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