Shell commits to developing innovation and technology skills in Thais, awards more than1.5 million-baht in research scholarships to postgraduate students
Jan 09, 2020
Bangkok, Thailand - The Shell 100th Year Education Foundation of The Shell Company of Thailand Limited, under the administration of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, recently granted 16 research scholarships to Master’s and Ph.D. students in Science and Technology, Engineering, Petrochemistry, Logistics, Renewable Energy, and Natural Resources and Environment with a total value of 1,500,000 baht. The scholarships underline Shell’s commitment to encouraging students to develop research that benefits the country’s industrial sector and enhance innovation and technology development to further elevate Thailand’s economy.
The Shell Company of Thailand Limited led by Mr. Panun Prachuabmoh (center), Country Chairman of The Shell Company of Thailand Limited, gives Research Scholarships worth more than 1,500,000 baht to Master’s and Ph.D. students
Mr. Panun Prachuabmoh, Country Chairman of The Shell Company of Thailand Limited, said: “With Shell’s purpose of Making Life's Journeys Better, we believe that our company’s satisfaction and pride come from playing a part in giving opportunities to other people. In addition to our ‘More & Cleaner Energy' strategy, we believe that supporting people’s potential and skills means giving opportunities to enhance their life quality and bridge the social divide. These scholarships will allow research to be turned into practical applications to sustainably benefit business and society and drive growth.”
This year, The Shell 100th Year Education Foundation has given 16 research scholarships to postgraduate students from Suranaree University of Technology, Chiang Mai University, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Prince of Songkhla University, Ubon Ratchathani University, and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. The Ph.D. students received 200,000 baht-scholarships while the master’s degree students received 100,000 baht-scholarships, worth a combined total of more than 1,500,000 baht.
Mr. Norrapon Vichiansan, Ph.D student in Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Chiang Mai University, said: “The research ‘Development of Atmospheric Pressure Cold Plasma Multi-jet for Cellular Aging’ is a study of the plasma system to quickly create oxygen-free radicals and length-of-life chromosomes to balance the redox equation in cells. If we are able to dissolve cholesterol in blood vessels through analysis and the plasma system, it can extend human life. Shell’s scholarship is important to the continued development of my work and ensures that my research can have a positive impact on the country.”
Ms. Arisara Benmad, Master’s student of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Prince of Songkhla University, said: “The research ‘Production and Characterization of Bio-fuel from Sugarcane Bagasse by using Pyrolysis and Pelletization’ came after seeing the residual sugarcane bagasse after extracting cane juice, which is valueless and a major waste problem in Southern Thailand. I applied the high temperature chemistry process named Pyrolysis to turn sugarcane bagasse into fuel pellets, biofuel, and biochar which can be made into several products and exploit biomass. As soon as this research becomes concrete, the fuel pellets, biofuel, and biochar produced from sugarcane bagasse will become important clean and renewable combustion energies that can be used for transportation and reduce CO2 emissions, the primary cause of global warming. I am thankful to Shell Thailand for seeing the importance of and supporting this research. I am committed to developing this research so that the outputs are practical and beneficial to all.”
The 16 research studies were judged on four criteria that they create opportunities to develop new knowledge and innovation, are suitable for publication in international journals, have a realistic timeline, and have an academic impact on commercial use and society.
For information on applying for Shell 100th Year Education Foundation’s scholarships, please contact your university’s Student Affairs office or visit the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation’s website www.mhesi.go.th.
Ms, Arisara Benmad (center), Master’s student in Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Prince of Songkhla University
Mr. Norrapon Vichiansan (center), Ph.D student in Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Chiang Mai University
Appendix: Names of students who received scholarships
1. Ms. Chotika Gosalawit, Suranaree University of Technology
2. Mr. Kritsada Moonpa, Chiang Mai University
3. Mr. Norrapon Vichiansan, Chiang Mai University
4. Ms. Yaowaret Maiket, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok
5. Ms. Arisara Benmad, Prince of Songkhla University
6. Ms. Rojana Noptana, Ubon Ratchathani University
7. Ms. Jinjuta Saisakres, Prince of Songkhla University
8. Ms. Kanjana Tayabaworn, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
9. Ms. Sujiporn Prasopsap, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
10. Ms. Paritra Munmoh, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
11. Ms. Nopporn Trakoondecha, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
12. Ms. Sunutcha Sladtook, Prince of Songkhla University
13. Ms. Marisa Mataeng, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
14. Ms. Rossukon Kasikigworakun, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
15. Mr. Chatchai Meena, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
16. Mr. Wiskukorn Dejrudee, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
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