Physics major student of KKU wins a prize at the International Inventor Day 2023, ready to enter the international researcher path with the innovation that attracts the judges for its real usability
February 5, 2023 at the “2023 Inventor Day” at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center, Bangna – The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation held an activity called “Inter Invention Talk”. The event was held for 5 days from February 2-6, 2023 from 09.00 a.m. to 17.00 p.m. at the Event Hall 100-102, BITEC Bangna. Mr. Yuthanakorn Kanapan, a PhD student under the Material Science and Nano-Technology Program, Department of Physics, Khon Kaen University, presented his work on “Resources of Circulating Materials for Producing Silicon as Fast-Charging and Discharging Electrodes for Battery Industry”. The invention won a golden medal and a Grand Prize Commercial potential award as a piece of work with internationally high industrial potential from the 2022 Kaohsiung International Invention & Design Expo (KIDE 2022). This event was organized at Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Yuthanakorn Kanapan joined the event as a speaker who built inspiration for listeners, by talking about his path from a student to a researcher, and how to step onward into the commercial world. The event was of interest among school and university students as well as lecturers and researchers.
Yuthanakorn Kanapan said to younger students who are interested in becoming an inventor: “I’d like to inspire you all by telling you about my experience in joining an event for young people such as I-New GEN, two years ago. I submitted the work on rice husk. I’d like to show that research or competition is not only demonstrating the advantages and disadvantages of an innovation, but it is also an opportunity for us to learn from people who can benefit us. Therefore, I’d like young people to be attentive to your work. If one day, your research can be used in real life, who can benefit from it? This will empower us to work for ourselves as well as for others.”
Yuthanakorn added, “Two years now passed. The research team has mobilized fund from outside for investment and we were supported by Delta Company and the Department of Industrial Promotion. We were granted an amount of one million baht. Within a couple of years from now, the work must be commercially used. From laboratory scale, the work has now entered a contest. We do not stop at this point, but move forward until it can be of real use.”
News source: Physics Department, Faculty of Sciences, KKU