Website : chemw.sc.mahidol.ac.th/content/energy
The current global energy crisis calls
for an urgent effort for new development
of alternative energy technologies. Thailand
has also been affected by the crisis,
as evidenced by the soaring oil prices
and higher cost of consumer products and
services. Several measures have been suggested
and implemented to relieve the situation,
such as the campaign for biofuels and
the use of natural gas in place of gasoline.
However, the most sensible approach toward
long-term remedy for the energy crisis
is not only to promote select set of solutions
over the others, but also to invest in
a broader range of high-potential technologies.
The Center for Alternative Energy (CAE)
at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University
was established in 2006 to advance a coherent
drive in basic research for new development
of alternative energy technologies. Our
initial research focus is directed toward
the areas of biofuel catalyst, fuel cell,
and particularly solar cell, which forms
our primary effort. The emphasis in solar
cell rests on the development of dye-sensitized
solar cell (DSSC) because of its promise
for a large-scale application in the country.
The remarkable benefits that merit scientific
investment into the DSSC development lie
in the relatively low cost of nontoxic
cell materials, the ease of cell assembling
process, and the flexible operating conditions
of the cell. Our research topics in DSSC
- Development of new flexible plastic
- Study of ligands and conjugation system
of the dye.
- Investigation for new organic dyes.
- Improvement of semiconductor materials.
- Development of electrolyte systems.
of the Center :
Dr. Pallop Karnchanaphanurach firstname.lastname@example.org
Area/ Research Interest :
• Development of new flexible plastic
substrate: TiO2 coating on the ITO-plastic
• Study of ligands and conjugation
system of N3 dye.
• Structural modification of naphthalene
derivatives and synthesis of new organic
• New preparation of PEI-based nanoparticles
for conventional liquid and polymer electrolyte