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APEC-Australia Women in Research
Fellowship 2023
Dr Orawan Suwantong
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Home Economy: Thailand

Host Institution: University of Queensland


Project Title: Development of injectable self-healing hydrogels from modified biopolymers for use in wound management


Project Outline: The hydrogel is prepared using modified chitosan and oxidized polysaccharide. This research expects that amino group (-NH2) of modified chitosan reacts with aldehyde group (-CHO) of oxidized polysaccharide to form imine linkages that are dynamic crosslinking exhibiting selfhealing ability to improve the lifespan of the hydrogel. The injectability and self-healing ability will be studied. Moreover, chemical

structure and mechanical properties will be characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR spectroscopy) and rheology tests. Furthermore, the biological activities of these hydrogels will be studied.

Reasons for applying for fellowship: I would like to enhance the knowledge and research skills that can be applied to the education and development of students in order to produce a competent workforce. Since the publication of high impact research and having an international profile are very important. So, this fellowship would allow me to interact and work with Prof. Dr. Lisbeth Grondahl on a day-to-day basis which would greatly advance progress on various ongoing projects.


Past Achievements:

  • Most IP Filing of the Year, MFU Innovation Day 2020, Mae Fah Luang University

  • For Women in Sciences Fellowship Award from UNESCO-L'Oreal, Thailand 2021

  • Most IP Filing of the Year, MFU Innovation Day 2021, Mae Fah Luang University

  • Best Research Award, Reinventing University System 2021, Mae Fah Luang University

  • Most IP Filing of the Year, MFU Innovation Day 2022, Mae Fah Luang University

  • Outstanding Academic Lecturer 2022, Mae Fah Luang University

  • Outstanding Alumni Award 2022, Faculty of Science Alumni Association, Chiang Mai University

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