Nanomaterials for Energy, Environment and Sensing (NEES) Research Group

Nanomaterials for Energy, Environment and Sensing (NEES) is a research group under Bio-Nano Materials Science and Engineering program, Industrial Systems Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Technology. It is supervised by Dr. Tanujjal Bora. NEES is a highly interdisciplinary research group with students from both Science and Engineering background working together. The group focuses on the use of inexpensive synthesis techniques to prepared semiconductor nanomaterials, plasmonic materials, nanocomposites, porous materials, and thin films, and apply them in various applications like perovskite solar cells, photothermal energy harvesters, photocatalytic water/air purifiers, soft smart materials, self-healing materials, detection of toxic chemicals and wastes in the environment, SERS substrate design, biosensors for chemicals and disease detection and optical coatings.

Current Faculty Members


Doctoral Students

Ms. Anchalee Cheryklin

Research Topic: Au and Ag core-shell nanoparticles for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

Ms. Saima Amjad

Research Topic: Non-prismatic singular-approach surface plasmon resonance (SPR) based detection system

Ms. Christine Adelle Rico Yuson

Research Topic: All inorganic halide perovskite solar cells

Ms. Apichaya Chantaraklud

Research Topic: SERS-based biosensors to detect sweat biomarkers for stress monitoring

Mr. Anan Saenkhamai

Research Topic: Self-cleaning coatings for high voltage transmission line insulations

Mr. Khajohnpat Champrasit Teerasitwaratorn

Research Topic: Self-healing flexible conductive nanocomposites for tactile sensing

Master Students

Mr. Sakaerwan Piwsoi

Research Topic: Flexible conductive materials based on polydimethylsiloxane/cellulose nanofibril/carbon nanotube composite

Ms. Natchaya Kaewma

Research Topic: TBD

Ms. Nawagamuwage Sujani Perera

Research Topic: TBD

Ms. Niharika Sandilya

Research Topic: TBD

Research Publications

Journal publications (since 2019)

  1. Shamim, G.L. Hornyak, D. Crespy, H.H. Kyaw and T. Bora (2022). Morphology and visible photoluminescence modulation in dye-free mesoporous silica nanoparticles using a simple calcination step. Materials Research Bulletin, 152, p.p. 111842.
  2. A. Rico-Yuson, S. Danwittayakul, S. Kumar, G.L. Hornyak and T. Bora (2022). Sequential dip-coating of CsPbBr3 perovskite films in ambient conditions and their photovoltaic performance. Journal of Materials Science, 57 (22), p.p. 10285–10298.
  3. Swargiary, P. Metem, C. Kulatumyotin, S. Thaneerat, N. Ajchareeyasoontorn, P. Jitpratak, T. Bora, W.S. Mohammed, J. Dutta and C. Viphavakit (2022). ZnO nanorods coated single-mode–multimode–single-mode optical fiber sensor for VOC biomarker detection. Sensors, 22 (16), p.p. 6273.
  4. D. Le, P. Phasupan, V.T. Thu, T. Bora, L.T. Nguyen (2022). Effect of cellulose nanocrystals on the properties of the photoactive aloe emodin poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) packaging film. Applied Research, e202100015.
  5. A. Rico-Yuson, G.L. Hornyak and T. Bora (2021). Cyanide-free environment-friendly alternative to copper electroplating for zinc die-cast alloys. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28 (28), p.p. 38065–38073.
  6. Sharma, T. Bora and W.S. Mohammed (2021). Effect of solvent absorption on the optical properties of 3D printed methacrylate waveguide. Optics & Laser Technology, 134, p.p. 106573.
  7. Dobretsov, P. Sathe, T. Bora, M. Barry, M.T.Z. Myint and M. Al Abri (2020). Toxicity of different zinc oxide nanomaterials at three trophic levels: implications for development of low‐toxicity antifouling agents. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 39 (7), p.p. 1343-1354.
  8. Agarwal, S. Manna, S. Nath, K. Sharma, P. Choudhury, T. Bora, I. Solomon and A. Sarma (2020). Controlling oil/water separation using oleophilic and hydrophobic coatings based on Plasma Technology. Materials Research Express, 7 (3), pp. 036411.
  9. Amjad, K. Swargiary, M. Somarapalli, T. Bora, G.L. Hornyak and W.S. Mohammed (2020). Enhancement of side-coupled surface plasmon resonance sensitivity by application of polymethylmethacrylate thin polymer films. Micro & Nano Letters, 15 (5), p.p. 327-332.
  10. Ponlamuangdee, G.L. Hornyak, T. Bora & S. Bamrungsap (2020). Graphene oxide/gold nanorod plasmonic paper–a simple and cost-effective SERS substrate for anticancer drug analysis. New Journal of Chemistry, 44 (33), p.p. 14087-14094.
  11. Waiwijit, C. Chananonnawathorn, P. Eimchai, T. Bora, G.L. Hornyak & N. Nuntawong (2020). Fabrication of Au-Ag nanorod SERS substrates by co-sputtering technique and dealloying with selective chemical etching. Applied Surface Science, 530, p.p. 147171.
  12. Bora, A. Dousse, K. Sharma, K. Sarma, A. Baev, G.L. Hornyak and G. Dasgupta (2019). Modeling nanomaterial physical properties: theory and simulation. International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials, 10 (2), p.p. 116-143.
  13. Bora and J. Dutta (2019). Plasmonic Photocatalyst Design: Metal—Semiconductor Junction Affecting Photocatalytic Efficiency. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 19 (1), p.p. 383-388.
  14. Al-Abri, B. Al-Ghafri, T. Bora, S. Dobretsov, J. Dutta, S. Castelletto, L. Rosa and L. Boretti (2019). Chlorination disadvantages and alternative routes for biofouling control in reverse osmosis desalination. NPJ Clean Water, 2 (1), p.p. 1-16.
  15. S. Hojjat, C. Mozumder, T. Bora & GL Hornyak (2019). Polyvinylpyrrolidone-Coated Silver Nanoparticle Mitigation of Salinity on Germination and Seedling Parameters of Bitter Vetch (Vicia ervilia L.) Plants. Nanotechnologies in Russia, 14 (11-12), 582-587.

Conferences (since 2019)

  1. Sharma, W.S. Mohammed and T. Bora (2021). Modeling the dynamic optical gain in a 3D printed waveguide due to polymer swelling. In: Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering, Optics & Photonics International Congress, 20-22 April 2021, Japan.
  2. Bora (2021), Antireflection Properties of Nanostructured Coatings for Solar Panels: Theory, Simulation and Experimental Optimization. In: The 2nd international Conference on Modelling Simulation and Optimization (CoMSO-2021), 16-18 December 2021, NIT Silchar, India.
  3. Bora (2020), Impact of COVID-19 on the Packaging Sector: Sustainable Solutions and Future Materials. In: Regional Policy Dialogue on the Sustainable Lifestyles for SCP with an additional focus on COVID-19 with a Focus on Packaging, 19 November 2020, Thailand.
  4. T. Khan, A.M.H.S. Abeykoon, T. Bora and G.F. Mullick (2019). Design of a Prototype of a Ferrofluid Based Soft Actuator. In: 1st International Conference on Advances in Science, Engineering and Robotics Technology (ICASERT), 03-05 May 2019, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  5. T. Khan, A.M.H.S. Abeykoon, T. Bora and G.F. Mullick (2019) Simulation of Ferrofluid Based Soft Actuator Using Magnetic Field Optimization Approach. In: 1st International Conference on Advances in Science, Engineering and Robotics Technology (ICASERT), 03-05 May 2019, Dhaka, Bangladesh


  1. M. A. Nawaz, L. Manohar, K. Kanitpong, G. L. Hornyak and T. Bora (2019), Preparation of Nanocellulose fiber (NCF) Modified Asphalt Mixture. Thai Patent Application Number: 1901005204
  2. Ponlamuangdee, S. Bamrungsap, G. L. Hornyak and T. Bora (2019), Plasmonic papers as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates for analyte and drug detection. Thai Patent Application Number: 1903001487

Research Projects (since 2019)

  1. Circular System Innovation for Polyurethane Foam: Catalytic approach to upcycle foam waste from mattresses and beyond. Funded by: The Royal Academy of Engineering, UK & Circularity Co., Ltd., Thailand. Project amount: 4,280,000.00 THB (01 April 2021 – 15 December 2023)
  2. Development of a nanomagnetic flow system for the recovery of water from polyurethane acidolysis. Funded by: The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand. Project amount: 3,462,360.00 THB (01 April 2021 – 31 March 2023)
  3. Anti-reflective Coatings for Solar Panels. Funded by: NEON Infotech South East Asia Co. LTD., Thailand. Project amount: 290,000.00 THB (15 June 2021 – 30 December 2022)
  4. Solar Panel Coating Device. Funded by: NEON Infotech South East Asia Co. LTD., Thailand. Project Amount: THB 546,000 (May – November 2022)
  5. Evaluation of Metal Oxide Nanostructured Anti-Reflection Coatings for Reduced Optical Losses in Solar Panels. Funded by: NEON Infotech South East Asia Co. LTD., Thailand. Project amount: 1,150,000.00 THB (01 November 2019 – 31 August 2020)
  6. Simulation and nanotechnology to enhance selected solar cell materials. Funded by: NEON Infotech South East Asia Co. LTD., Thailand. Project amount: 1,500,000.00 THB. (01 January 2018 – 31 December 2019)
  7. Low-Cost 3D Printed Microfluidic Sensing Devices for Rapid Chemical Detection. AIT Research Initiation Grant. Project amount: 50,000.00 THB (01 August 2019 – 01 January 2020)