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Exchange student wins best presentation award at an international conference

Thitharat Prathusuwan impressed the jury at the International Conference on Advanced Materials Research (ICAMR) in Japan with her paper presentation.

From left to right: Professor of Chemistry Alfred A.Christy and PhD student Thitharat Prathusuwan.

Thitharat Prathusuwan, a visiting PhD student at the faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder (UiA), won the Best Student Presentation Award at the recently held International Conference on Advanced Materials Research (ICAMR) 2018, Fukuoka, Japan.

"I am sincerely honored to receive the Best Student Presentation Award. It gives us a great opportunity to increase the exposure of our research area and to receive invaluable feedback from our peers in the field," Prathusuwan says.

Prathusuwan's presentation was entitled “Hydration chemistry of cement studied by near infrared spectroscopy” and was co-authored with Professor Alfred Antony Christy and Rein Terje Thorstensen.

Raising UiA’s international research profile

“It is excellent for our department having talented international students from Thammsat University that used only three months instead of six to accomplish their research work, pass their oral examination and write a report. We are very proud of them as they are helping us raising the international profile of UiA as a leading research institution," says supervising professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Science Alfred A. Christy.

ICAMR is an annual conference launched in 2011 and provides a valuable arena for researchers and scholars to exchange their ideas and research results within the field of Materials Sciences.

ICAMR included this year the participation of renowned keynote speakers, oral presentations and technical sessions related to the topics dealt with in the scientific programme. The ICAMR 2018 was held at the Kyushu University in Fukuoka and attended by 170 international participants.

Two well-received papers in Chemistry

Two students Tanyapa Sangpongpitthya from Sri Lanka and Thitharat Prathusuwan from Thailand are actually studying at a partner university Thammasat University, Bangkok in Thailand. Both spent the autumn semester 2017 at the University of Agder and both sent their papers to the conference and were accepted for publication in “Key Engineering Materials,” a reputed swiss scientific journal. The two projects were carried out in cooperation with Professor Rein Terje Thorstensen from the department of Engineering Science.

Tanyapa Sangpongpitthaya worked on a different theme “Quantification of calcium hydroxide in cement.”

The University of Agder has bilateral agreements with three universities in Sri Lanka and one university in Thailand. UiA receives each year visiting students and scholars that contribute actively in research projects and joint academic initiatives.

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