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About CAE

    The current global energy crisis calls for an urgent effort for new development of alternative energy technologies. Thailand has also been affected by the crisis, as evidenced by the soaring oil prices and higher cost of consumer products and services. Several measures have been suggested and implemented to relieve the situation, such as the campaign for biofuels and the use of natural gas in place of gasoline. However, the most sensible approach toward long-term remedy for the energy crisis is not only to promote select set of solutions over the others, but also to invest in a broader range of high-potential technologies.

   The Center for Alternative Energy (CAE) at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University was established in 2006 to advance a coherent drive in basic research for new development of alternative energy technologies. Our initial research focus is directed toward the areas of biofuel catalyst, fuel cell, and particularly solar cell, which forms our primary effort. The emphasis in solar cell rests on the development of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) because of its promise for a large-scale application in the country. The remarkable benefits that merit scientific investment into the DSSC development lie in the relatively low cost of nontoxic cell materials, the ease of cell assembling process, and the flexible operating conditions of the cell. Our research topics in DSSC include:

   - Development of new flexible plastic substrate.
   - Study of ligands and conjugation system of the dye.
   - Investigation for new organic dyes. 
   - Improvement of semiconductor materials.
   - Development of electrolyte systems.

We are accepting graduate students in M.Sc./Ph.D. programs! 

If you wish to pursue M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree with emphasis on alternative energy research or would like to find out more about us, please feel free to contact us at scpkb@mahidol.ac.th.


Address: Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Rama VI Rd., Ratchthevee, Bangkok, 10400 

Phone: + 66(0)2-201-5133

Fax: +66(0)2-354-7151

E-mail: scpkb@mahidol.ac.th


  • "On April 16, 2009, Dr. Lennie Klebanoff, the director of the Metal Hydride Center of Excellence, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, USA, stopped by and gave a spirited seminar on "Recent Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in Hydrogen Technology." Everyone who had a chance to talk with him truly hopes for future collaboration with Sandia and, of course, his next visit! 

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  • CAE organized the Assembling and Testing of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Workshop on August 14, 2008. Eighteen students and research personnel attended the event at the CAE Salaya lab. At the end of the workshop, there was a friendly competition for the highest efficiency cell made during the workshop. The winner was a team of two students from the physical chemistry program! The award: big applause!  (View pictures below.)

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  • CAE members participated and helped organize the 2008 Open House at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University on August 20, 2008. The event was a big draw for high school students from Bangkok and nearby areas who discovered that science can be fun as well!

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Department of Chemistry



Faculty of Science, Mahidol UniversityRama Road, RatchathewiBangkok 10400 THAILANDTel: +66.(0)-2201-5110-2 Fax: +66.(0)-2354-7151

E-mail : scchemistry@mahidol.ac.th

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