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Faculty of Science
Khon Kaen University

Website : http://www.sc.kku.ac.th/scienceweb/en
Tel: 0-4320-2371-2  และ 0-4320-2532
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Khon Kean University (KKU) is the first regional university in Northeastern Thailand. Faculty of Science was one of the first three faculties established in KKU in 1965. It was first named the Faculty of Science and Arts and was founded to offer basic required courses to all students at KKU. The faculty started offering a Bachelor program in Science (B.Sc.) in 1973.  In 1987, the faculty was renamed as the ‘Faculty of Science’ when the Departments of English and Library Science were transferred to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. At present, the faculty consists of nine departments: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Microbiology, Computer Science, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science.  In 2007, the faculty had 215 academic staff members, which encompassed 103 members with doctoral degrees, 103 with master degrees, and 9 with bachelor degrees.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Biology

To prepare graduates who possess knowledge and an understanding of theoretical and practicable biology, with operational competency. To prepare graduates, who possess knowledge in the biological field, with the capabilities to appropriately and accurately transfer the knowledge to personnel in their professional circles or to other individuals.  To prepare graduates to produce research work on new bodies of knowledge in biology or in applicable research work, and to publicize the work in academic journals.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Chemistry
-Prepare graduates who possess broad knowledge and competency in theoretical and research chemistry, covering all branches in the field.
- Prepare graduates who possess vision, initiative and creativity and are able to integrate the knowledge in order to develop chemistry disciplinary work that responds to the changing world and leads to increased sustainable self-dependence in science and technology.
- Prepare chemists who possess good scientific attitudes and are capable of transferring accurate knowledge to personnel in their professional circles or to other individuals, and to possess the morals, ethics, and virtues of a true researcher.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Materials Science and Nanotechnology
To prepare PhD graduates who possess research competency, with excellent ability to transfer knowledge in materials science and nanotechnology in order to create research work that will lead to new bodies of knowledge and that will develop towards scientific progress that is useful in solving scientific and technological problems both domestically and internationally.

Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Functional Materials

* Copper coordination compounds: syntheses and X-ray crystal structures, stereochemistries and their spectroscopic properties, magnetic properties and magneto-structural correlations.
* Design of molecular materials with novel architectures and search for their functions towards dynamic structural transformation, ion- exchange, catalysis and molecular magnetism.
Chemical constituents and biological activities from plants and fungi
The major interest is the regulation of secondary metabolism from medicinal plants in the Northeastern part of Thailand, fungi, and mushrooms. This involves the evaluation of biological activities e.g. anti-microbial, anti-malarial, anti-TB, and anticancer properties of the isolated compounds. The major compounds isolated from antagonistic fungi such as Chaetomium spp, Trichoderma harzianum PC01 are also used as plant biocontrols (plant-pathogenic fungi, elicitors, plant growth promoters).  In addition, traditional Thai medicine, anti-diabetic regimen was also studied.
Culture of the Fairy Shrimp
Recent experiments of S. sirindhornae and have been discovered in Thailand since 2000. Since then, these fairy shrimp have been continuously studied in terms of their distributions, methods of optimal cyst hatching, life cycle, mass culture techniques, and nutritional composition. Attempts have been made to culture this new species in order to use them as a new live food for freshwater aquatic animals such as prawns, shrimp, and ornamental fish. These Thai fairy shrimps are characterized by high egg hatchability, short B. thailandensis demonstrated that they can be cultured in concrete ponds at an initial density of 50 nauplii L-1. Mass cultures of S. sirindhornae have also been done successfully in rectangular earthen ponds (1,600-3,200 m2) at an initial density of 1,250 individuals m-2.


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