Asst. Prof. Dr. Duangkamol Baowan and Asst. Prof. Dr. Chatchai Muanprasat, both from Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, won 2013 Young Scientist awards from Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King.
Dr. Duangkamol, Mathematics Department, was honored for developing mathematical models to study the behavior of nanomaterials to explain intermolecular energy and forces in nanomaterials.
She has applied mathematical modeling to projects including the utilization of nanotubes or porous materials to differentiate protein enzymes or gases mixed in the system; the determination of appropriate sizes of minuscule capsules for delivering drugs or proteins into the body; and the study of interaction between nanoparticles and cell membranes for transporting drugs or minuscule capsules to target cells.
"I'm very much happy to have received the award. It gives me great encouragement to continue my work. If you choose research topics that you enjoy, you find happiness in doing research work," Dr. Duangkamol said.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Chatchai . Physiology Department, won the award for developing medicines for diarrhea and thalassemia using materials from the country's natural resources including medicinal plants, fruits and agro-industrial waste, e.g. shrimp shell and squid pens.
The researcher has also applied pathophysiology in maximizing the effectiveness of the treatments he has been developing.
"I'd like to see young and fellow researchers being determined in pursuing their research because research work is of great value and benefit. It's important to find research topics that you enjoy or address problems concerning our country's economic and social development . Collaboration with others, especially fellow researchers in other fields, often produces good and enjoyable research. Such research can produce real impact and make the researchers more well-rounded in their learning and skills," he said.