Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nuttha Thongchul

Acceleration of Sustainability towards Biobased Technological Platform Development

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nuttha Thongchul
Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suwattana Pruksasri
Co-Chair: Dr. Siwaruk Siwamogsatham
As worldwide goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deliver a powerful determination for improving our planet. Fulfilling the SDG targets will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors in society. Recently, exploring the pathways to producing fuels and platform chemicals from sustainable feedstocks has attracted increased interest from researchers to entrepreneurs. With SDGs tools, future fuels and chemicals will be most likely produced from sustainable feedstocks. Renewable biomass including agricultural residues, municipal wastes, and industrial wastes is considered to be the sustainable resource with the potential to deliver renewable fuels and bio-based chemicals. In the past decade, research has been focusing on development of technologies to produce drop-in fuels/chemicals which could be used “as is” to substitute for conventional petroleum-derived fuels/chemicals. Bio-based functional replacement chemicals and novel products are promising new area of interest to academia and industry. This symposium aims to feature the current advancements in sustainable fuels/chemicals and identify the challenges in developing the novel conversion technologies via biological and/or chemical related pathways. All papers from both academia and industry relevant to novel sustainable product development and conversion technologies are invited. The topics include but are not limited to:
  1. Biological or chemical production of drop-in bio-based fuels/chemicals from biomass;
  2. Biological or chemical production of bio-based chemicals with functional replacement of the petroleum-derived products;
  3. Biological or chemical production of novel products;
  4. Drop-in or novel chemicals produced from other carbon feedstocks including municipal wastes, food wastes, waste fats/oils and other non-food/feed and renewable feedstocks
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Taeng On Prommi

Environmental (Ecological) Impact of Microplastics and Technological Potential for Microplastic Waste

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Taeng On Prommi
Co-Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Akekawat Viteepradit
Co-Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Orawan Chunhachart
Co-Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kamontip Kuttiyawong
An increasingly serious and widespread problem of microplastics in ecosystem and impacts on food chains, the particular challenge and perspective of the smart technology can play a vital role in microplastic pollution crisis. The symposium aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of microplastic and its impacts and potential technology to eliminate microplastic waste and reduce microplastic pollution. The symposium focused on four themes:
  1. Monitoring and detection of microplastics in the environment
  2. Impacts of microplastic pollution on animal and human health
  3. Plastic waste management, recovery and conversion
  4. Smart technology for microplastic waste management
  5. Biotechnological approach for biodegradable of plastic
Prof. Dr. Takiumi Konno

Metal-Organic Composites in Material Science

Chair: Prof. Dr. Takiumi Konno
Co-Chair: Prof. Yi-Chou Tsai
Co-Chair: Dr. Yun Zong
The design and creation of metal-organic composite materials have been an important research subject in material science due to the synergistic functionalities arising from organic and inorganic components. Most of this class of materials involve the direct contacts between metallic elements and organic parts in a microscopic revel, which are well described as coordination bonds. Therefore, the profound understanding of the structures and functionalities of metal-organic composite materials based mainly on coordination chemistry is necessary for future development of material science. This session will focus on the design, structures, and functionalities of metal-organic composite materials that involve coordination compounds. We welcome papers discussing the molecular and solid structures containing metal centers, which lead to attractive solid-state functionalities, such as adsorption of molecules, dielectric properties, conducting and transporting phenomenon, catalytic activities, and photophysical properties.
Dr. Worajit Setthapun

Premium Agriculture: A Pathway toward Sustainable and Inclusive BCG Economy Model

Chair: Dr. Worajit Setthapun
Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Poonpat Poonnoy
Co-Chair: Dr. Soracha Dechaumphai
Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model was conceptualized and promoted by the Thai government as a strategy to drive economic and social development. The model not only capitalizes strengths in robust agricultural activities in Thailand, but it also embraces different social and economic contexts in other countries that also aspire for an inclusive and sustainable growth. Bioeconomy, or bio-based economy, refers to the use and production of renewable biological resources especially in food, medical, and bioenergy sectors. Circular economy is based on the principles of reusing and recycling resources, extending product lifespan, and relocating waste efficiently. Green economy aims at an ultimate goal of sustainable development in a low carbon, resource efficient, and environmental-friendly society. Practically, the model conforms with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with an alignment in at least four goals: Goal 7 clean and affordable energy, Goal 11 sustainable cities and communities, Goal 12 responsible consumption and production, and Goal 13 climate action. Sustainability and inclusivity are essential factors of the BCG Economy Model to engage key stakeholders which will eventually create growth of local and global business opportunities, rate of employment, and countries’ GDP. In particular, this session focuses on the way to develop the premium agriculture scheme as a part of the BCG Economy Model to upgrade the practices and product quality in the agricultural sector. Agricultural sector has been a basis for the economic and social development in Thailand so far, and it can serve as a good starting point of the discussion which can be further extended to other areas within BCG Economy, including food; medical and wellness; bioenergy, biomaterial and biochemical; and tourism and creative economy. Findings based on scientific research and technological development presented in this session will encourage an international collective effort of promoting the sustainable and inclusive growth through the concrete idea of the BCG Economy Model.
Prof. Dr. Suttichai Assabumrungrat

Sustainable Hydrogen Production for Greener Environment and Chemical Products

Chair: Prof. Dr. Suttichai Assabumrungrat
Co-Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Pattaraporn Kim- Lohsoontorn
Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suwimol Wongsakulphasatch
The global hydrogen demand is found to continuously increase each year with the market value at hundreds of billions of dollars per year. Hydrogen can be used safely for a wide range of applications, i.e., in food, metal, glass and chemical industries. In addition, according to energy crisis and environmental concern, hydrogen is considered as a straightforward solution to issues related pollution and global warming. Hydrogen has been driven to become one of alternative energy carriers as well as used in carbon dioxide conversion to higher-valued products. To meet the requirement of global demand, technologies to produce hydrogen are therefore essential and is considered as significance. This conference session on “Sustainable Hydrogen Production for Greener Environment and Chemical Products” aims to gather outstanding researches and the comprehensive coverage of all aspects related to the hydrogen production technology for greener environment and chemical products. This session will bring together high-quality research on the different aspects of hydrogen production technology including current status and remaining challenges. Topics include, but not are limited to:
  • Hydrogen production technologies, including chemical, electrochemical and biological processes
  • Theoretical and experimental investigation for hydrogen production process design
  • Integrated process development relating to the production of hydrogen and its utilization
  • Hydrogen in CO2 conversion to higher-valued products
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thamasak Yeemin

Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thamasak Yeemin
Marine biodiversity is comprised of several levels of organizations, from the genetic variability, to the species, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Over three billion people around the world depend on marine biodiversity for food and income, particularly fishing, mariculture and tourism. However, coastal and marine ecosystems have been greatly disturbed by over-exploitation of natural resources, habitat loss, pollution and climate change. In order to restore and conserve marine ecosystems, the sustainable use of marine biodiversity, from the shore to the deep sea, including coastal and offshore environments, is one of the key solutions for sustainable development. In this symposium, scientists and managers working in Thailand and other countries are invited to exchange their experiences in research, management, monitor and conservation aspects, focusing on sustainable use of marine resources. Some case studies from ecosystem services of sandy beach, mangrove, seagrass bed and coral reef ecosystems will be highlighted. The symposium will also cover the topics in ecotourism, capacity enhancement for monitoring and research, community-based management and marine protected areas.
Dr. Chainarong Srirak

The Sustainable Tourism Review in a post-pandemic 2022: Rebuilding Tourism to Sustainability

Chair: Dr. Chainarong Srirak
Co-Chair: Dr. Piyapong Ketpiyarat
Co-Chair: Patthaphon Sukjai
Covid-19 has disrupted tourism, hospitality, and leisure worldwide. It has also provided some space for academics, industry, and policy makers to think again about what tourism, hospitality and leisure are for, who they are for, and how they might be reconsidered as we transition into a post-pandemic future. The purpose of this symposium series is therefore to ask some big questions about what tourism, hospitality and leisure stand for in the post-pandemic world. Their purpose has long been understood as going far beyond simply offering satisfying experiences for their customers to generate incomes for the organizations involved. The sectors are widely understood to be integrally involved in contributing to sustainable development in the long term but what is their role in securing reliance in the short-term? How might all three sectors be involved in attempting to enrich communities and achieve local economic development? What is their role in providing health and wellbeing benefits, and how can this role be better harnessed? How are three sectors to work more closely together in a post-pandemic world? These and other major questions for the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors in the post-pandemic age will be considered. Furthermore, the discussion panel also highlights the role of local communities and its leadership role for enhancement of sustainable tourism, thus how sustainable tourism could affect on wellbeing of local community under the shadow of SDG 1, 3 and 4. Similarly, the panel also discusses the role of sustainable logistics in tourism sector, which is beneficial for environmental sustainability.