Nanostructured Anti-reflective Coating for Solar Panels

Title:                           Nanostructured Anti-reflective Coating for Solar Panels

Project Leader:         Dr. Tanujjal Bora


Solar energy is one of the most powerful renewable energy sources available to mankind. To harvest the solar energy, solar panels are used, where anti-reflective coatings are an essential device component to minimize the optical losses. However, most of the anti-reflective coatings are complex to design, costly, and degrades with time leading to reduction in the performance of the panels and increased maintenance costs. This project aims to develop an innovative nanostructured anti-reflective coating for commercial solar panels to improve their performance by reducing optical losses, and to ensure an affordable and clean energy production by reducing the maintenance costs and energy pollution respectively. The goal is to identify an eco-friendly technological solution for the deposition of green and robust anti-reflective coatings on solar panels and demonstrate an economically viable proof-of-concept for future sustainable business development in the solar energy sector.

Sponsor:                     Neon Infotech SEA Co. Ltd., Thailand

Amount:                     THB 2,725,900.00


Novel bio-material catalysts prepared via mild & green conditions

Project Name: Novel bio-material catalysts prepared via mild & green conditions

Project Leader: Dr. Raffaele Ricco


  1. Explore improved and easy methods to immobilize biological entities such as enzymes and nucleic acids on supported hybrid porous materials derived from metal ions and organic molecules;
  2. Develop a green approach for the synthesis of the biomaterial, at room temperature, in aqueous environment;
  3. Exploit direct mineral sources for metal ions, instead of the commercial salts resulting from energetically-demanding and chemically-intensive processing of mineral ores;
  4. Test the produced biomaterials as highly selective and reusable catalysts, or as room temperature long-term storage of delicate biomolecules.

Sponsor: Asian Institute of Technology Research Initiation Grant

Amount: 150,000 Baht


AI in a box



Artificial intelligence (AI) and computer learning have improved rapidly in the recent decade. However, the capability of applying this technology is limited by the capacity of computing resources and infrastructures. It requires accelerated computing resources, such as graphics processing units (GPUs), in order to perform expensive processing tasks in real time. Moreover, for image processing and computer vision tasks, the system requires a high-bandwidth network to transfer rich image data from acquiring units, i.e. cameras, to processing units which is usually a centralized server. To solve such the issue, the most recent AI technologies tend to focus on edge processing and decentralized cloud computing.

In order to accelerate the adoption of AI technologies for public safety and security in Thailand, we propose a design and implementation of a distributed computing platform that can provide high performance video analytics with lower cost for deployment. We implement an AI camera, called AI in-a-Box (AIB), which combines network camera with the capabilities of AI and embedded technologies. Moreover, we also propose a design of cloud computing platform which can provide high-performance AI computing service and interactive user interface.




Thailand Science Research and Innovation




15 million baht




Circular System Innovation for Polyurethane Foam: Catalytic approach to upcycle foam waste from mattresses and beyond

Title:                           Circular System Innovation for Polyurethane Foam: Catalytic approach to upcycle foam waste from mattresses and beyond

Project Leader:         Dr. Tanujjal Bora

Project Partners:      Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; University of Cambridge, UK; Circularity Co. Ltd., Thailand


The goals of this project led by AIT are the development of an eco-friendly and economically viable technology and the exchange of knowledge necessary for addressing the reusability of polyurethane (PU) foam waste, which otherwise would be disposed to landfill due to the lack of efficient recycling technology. The partnership between Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; Circularity Co. Ltd., a world’s first circular economy-based mattress subscription business start-up in Thailand; and University of Cambridge, UK, aims for a hybrid PU foam upcycling technology based on Nanotechnology to revolutionize the PU waste recycling process, and explore the circular economy business innovation opportunities for the Thai context. In parallel, the captured know-how will be disseminated through new curriculum to the engineering students and industry practitioners.


  1. The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), UK
  2. The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand
  3. Circularity Co. Ltd., Thailand

Amount: GBP 180,000 (THB 7,729,360.00)


Development of a TV-Image Conversion to Haptics-Display System for Vision Disability Person

Project Name: Development of a TV-Image Conversion to Haptics-Display System for Vision Disability Person

Project Leader: Prof. Manukid Parnichkun


  1. To develop at TV-image conversion to haptics display system for vision disability person.
  2. To improve life quality of vision disability person in getting better feeling and more information from TV.
  3. To increase the TV audients by inclusion of vision disability person.
  4. To increase efficiency, fairness, and covering of the communication from the government to its people.

Sponsor: Broadcasting and Telecommunication Research and Development Fund for Public Interest, NBCT

Amount: 3,371,730.50













Dr. Bui Trung Thanh

Period of study at AIT

From 8/2003 to 5/2005, Master of Engineering in Mechatronics, Asian Institute of Technology. Advisor: Prof. Manukid Parnichkun.

From 1/2006 to 12/2008, Doctor of Engineering in Mechatronics, Asian Institute of Technology. Advisor: Prof. Manukid Parnichkun.

Current Job

Position: President of Hung Yen University of Technology and Education (UTEHY), Vietnam since April 2019 to current.

UTEHY is one of the national technical universities with high quality application-oriented training to meet the increasingly diverse needs of society in terms of labor resources. The University is tasked with training PhDs, masters, bachelors of science (engineers), bachelors of arts (BA) and technical teachers, with key research directions on Automation Technology, Mechatronics Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Engineering Technology, Material Technology (Nano), Biotechnology, and Information Technology

How does your experience at AIT benefit your current job?

I received scholarship from MOET-Vietnam to pursuit my both master and doctor degrees at AIT since 2003. After receiving my doctor degree in mechatronics in 2008, I came back to work for my current University. I start my job as a lecturer, senior lecturer, vice dean and dean of the department of mechanical engineering. In 2017, I was promoted as Chair of Governing Board of the University and in 2019, I was appointed as President of the University. I hold this position up to now. My University grows up from about 8.000 students in 2019 to more 10.000 students at the moment.

I am lucky to be student of AIT. It was my greatest time of preparing things for my future jobs. I learned not only knowledge but also skills for adapting to the changing world.

Message to the current and prospective ISE students

ISE has good learning and research environments with many well-known professors. When you are accepted to be ISE student, I must say congratulation to you for your important achievement.


MSIE-CBHE is an Erasmus+ Curriculum Development of Master’s Degree Program in Industrial Engineering for Thailand Sustainable Smart Industry (MSIE4.0) funded by the European Commission. The project team is formed from a collaborative partnership among 9 universities, three from Europe and 6 from Thailand, who believe strongly in the power of education and innovation to transform lives.

Curriculum Development of Master’s Degree Program in Industrial Engineering for Thailand Sustainable Smart Industry (MSIE4.0) has been selected for EU co-funding for Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education. MSIE4.0 is one of 149 selected from 756 eligible applications. MSIE4.0 is a three-year project worth approximately 980,000 Euro. It is a joint capacity building project between six universities in Thailand and three EU partner universities.

The overall aim is to enhance the capacity and ability of universities in Thailand for the delivery of a high quality competence-based curriculum for Master’s degree in industrial engineering that supports sustainable smart industry (Industry 4.0), conforms to European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and is applicable to EU partner universities.

In order to achieve the goals, MSIE4.0 will be specifically focused on

1. Modernization of the education of industrial engineering discipline in Thailand by the development of a curriculum for Master’s degree in industrial engineering to support sustainable smart industry,

2. Development of courses, learning and teaching tools, delivery processes and platform for student-centered learning of the curriculum,

3. Implementation of modern ICT tools and methodologies for effective student-centered learning of the curriculum,

4. Introductions of quality assurance and of the EQF approach for the delivery of the curriculum meeting international accepted education requirements,

5. Establishment and continuation of partnerships among partner universities.

This project will deliver a modernized MSIE curriculum containing 15 new courses that will be developed for student-centred learning and equipped with teaching and learning materials. The course will also be prepared for online learning. Laboratory with remote access will be built to support student learning. More importantly, teaching and technical staffs will be trained by experts in the areas from EU partners.

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ReCap 4.0

ReCap 4.0 is an Erasmus+ joint capacity building project between five universities of Thailand and three EU partner universities that is proposed to enhance the capacity and ability of the non-university sector at the tertiary level in Thailand for the effective delivery of engineering and technology knowledge and skills related to Industry 4.0 to support Thailand Sustainable Smart Industry and to strengthen a partnership among participating European and Thai universities as well as benefited non-university sector.

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