Thailand is planning to build its ‘second’ Synchrotron Light Source

Synchrotron light source is the national infrastructure in science and technology for its contribution of research analysis from downstream, midstream, to upstream levels. Being an effective tool for advanced research, synchrotron promotes research targeting industrial applications for product development and innovation.

Thailand’s synchrotron radiation facility, the 2nd generation synchrotron light source, generates electron beam energy at 1.2 GeV covering spectral range from infrared to low-energy X-Rays. With such energy, the capacity of industrial and medical research is restricted due to the necessity of wider research techniques requiring higher energy and intensity of light. To produce high-energy X-Rays, Thailand should be compelled to develop the 4th generation of synchrotron light source with 2.5 times higher electron energy and 100,000 times higher intensity. This improvement aim to enhance research framework and facility service of Thailand to the leading position in medical, industrial, material, agricultural, food, and commercial research, including application and basic research, as well as becoming one of the top leaders in science and technology of Asia Pacific continent.

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Image: Architectural model of Thailand’s future second Synchrotron Light Source

The British Ambassador to Thailand visited the Synchrotron Light Research Institute

On June 19, 2017, H.E. Brian Davidson, the British Ambassador to Thailand and diplomatic corps of British Embassy honorably visited Synchrotron Light Research Institute – SLRI during the visit to Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen province. Director of SLRI, Prof. Wng, Cmdr. Dr. Sarawut Sujitjorn navigated His Excellency for the facility tour to Siam Photon Laboratory. On this occasion, His Excellency has followed up the progress of the Newton Fund partnership between the UK and SLRI in order to support in synchrotron research and capacity development.

At the end of the visit, His Excellency has given the interview regarding the impression upon the visit to SLRI as well as the prospect of UK and SLRI partnership “What’s amazing is the way that SLRI developed the facility from what it was originally, to expand the ability to do research and innovation from this project that quite designed from the technical expertise that is here in terms of people working here. The fact that you’re able to offer use of facility not just to people in Thailand but to people in the region in the way that’s going to help develop the capacity, the technology, the research base of the whole of the ASEAN not just Thailand to use the facility. From the UK’s prospect, we are delighted to be part of the process through our newton Fund to be able to support some of the capacity building to allow SLRI in Thailand from Synchrotron project here to offer more into Thailand, into the region.”

>Read more on the SLRI webpage