APEC-Australia Women in Research
Dr. Duangkamon Baowan
Host Institution: University of Newcastle
Project Title: Mathematical model for interaction energy of magnetic nanoparticles
This proposal aims to accurately mathematically model both the interaction between magnetic nanoparticles and the drug and the movement of the combined particles through cellular walls and membranes. Exchange interactions and magnetic dipolar interactions will be taken into account in the determination of the force behaviour of the magnetic nanoparticles. For the interaction between the magnetic
nanoparticles and the drug, nonbonded interactions such as van der Waals, electrostatic and magnetostatic forces will be included. Instead of using a discrete pair summation for the interaction energy between any two atoms on the two molecules, the continuous approach will be adopted to describe the system. Here one assumes that discrete atomic arrangements can be replaced by a uniform atomic distribution so that the total interaction between two molecules can be evaluated analytically using various integral evaluation techniques.
Reasons for applying for fellowship:
As a researcher in a developing country, the Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship will provide a great opportunity for the applicant to work with Australian institutions. This fellowship will strengthen research and education in mathematics to provide Thailand with a strong basic platform for the development of science and technology, support the national strategic plans and key issues of concern, as well as to increase the country's competitive capability in the international arena.
Duangkamon Baowan is an associate professor in mathematics at Mahidol University, Thailand. She received her PhD in 2008 from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her PhD research won her an outstanding thesis award from the National Research Council of Thailand in 2009. She was awarded Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2009 and 2013 from the Australian Government and received the Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011. Furthermore, Dr. Baowan was awarded the accolade of Thailand's Young Scientist in
2013, and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries, TWAS Prize for Young Scientists in Thailand 2016 (Mathematics) from UNESCO. Her research interest is in the field of mathematical modelling, mainly focusing on the determination of energy and force distributions for interacting atomic and molecular structures, including both organic and inorganic molecules.
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