Colour Science Research Unit is the former Colour Management Research Unit that was established at the Department of Imaging and Printing Technology, Faculty of Science within Chulalongkorn University in 1997. The Colour Management Research Unit has been promoted under the Thailand-Japan Technology Transfer Project (TJTTP) supported by OECF since 1997. Several instruments were granted for joint research with Japanese experts up to 50 million Yen. Staff exchange was also supported continuously by the TJTTP-OECF. The joint universities were Ritsumeikan University, Nippon Institute of Technology and Kyoto Institute of Technology.
Few years after its inauguration, the Colour Management Research Unit became inactive, as most of the 69 Research Units listed here.
In January 2013, Chulalongkorn University decided to reactivate its Research Units, including the two Research Units from the Department of Imaging and Printing Technology. As heads of these two Research Units were appointed the highest academically ranked members in the Department of Imaging and Printing Technology: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aran Hansuebsai and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pichayada Katemake.
At the moment of her instatement as Head of the Colour Management Research unit, Dr. Katemake had to take some quick decisions in fixing the direction and aim of the unit, in order to start its activity as soon as possible. As Head of the Colour Research and Multimedia Laboratory, having most collaborations with foreign researchers and no established Thai research team, she reached the conclusion that 'Colour Management' covers only a narrow part of her own research in the field of Colour Science. Therefore, as new appointed head of the Colour Management Research Unit, Dr. Katemake decided to change the name from Colour Management to Colour Science. This decision had multiple effects, one of them being that the selection pool for recruiting Thai research teams for this unit was widened considerably.
The aim of the Colour Science Research Unit is to attract the best specialists for executing research in Colour Science and to prepare new Thai specialists. Colour Science is a border science blending chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and medical science. Degree programs for colour scientists are rare worldwide and inexistent in Thailand. It is therefore important to attract excellent foreign lecturers, experts and students from high industrialized countries for raising the knowledgeability and competitiveness among our own specialists and students, for their better integration into the higher globalized economy. The new name "Colour Science" establishes this Research Unit as the only Colour Science Research facility in Thailand, giving it the clear direction of grouping the best Colour Scientists and pick up the most important research in this field. In the Projects section is described only the most important research. The criteria for establishing which research is important, are simple. Any project that receives funds is considered important. Any research that results in a useful product is considered important. Once an ongoing, unfunded research is published in Color Research and Application or Color Technology (the journals with highest impact factor in Colour Science), is considered important.
The Colour Science Research Unit was enriched with the space and activity of the Colour Research and Multimedia Laboratory. Just few months after being appointed as Head of the Colour Management Research Unit and after changing its name to Colour Science Research Unit, Dr. Katemake added two new projects that were approved for funding.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pichayada Katemake (Head of the Colour Science Research Unit)
Ph.D. in Colour Physics, Department of Colour and Polymer Chemistry, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 2001. Thesis: Colour Match Prediction in Printing Ink Systems. M.Sc. in Colour Physics, Department of Colour and Polymer Chemistry, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1997. Dissertation: The Assessment of the Colour Strength of Printing Inks. B.Sc. Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THAILAND 1993. Her working place is the Department of Imaging and Printing Technology.
She had Colour Science related courses in several Universities (Thailand and France) and was supervisor and co-supervisor for 40 under-graduate and 12 post-graduate students. Her main research was in Colour Physics and Colour Vision, with 18 articles and 2 books published, having one patent and one copyright. More informations available at: www.katemake.com
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kawee Srikulkit
Ph.D in Colour Chemistry Department of Colour Chemistry and Dyeing, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1997. Thesis name: Crosslinking Reaction of Amino Methylphosphonic acid with Cellulose. M.Sc. in Textile Dyeing and Finishing, Department of Colour Chemistry and Dyeing, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1993. B.Sc. University of Khonkaen, THAILAND 1987. Expert in Preparation of polymeric nanoparticles, Modification of Natural Polymeric Nanoparticles. His working place is the Department of Material Science.
He has supervised and co-supervised 30 under-graduate students and 30 post-graduate students. His main research activities are on Preparation of polymeric nanoparticles and Modification of Natural Polymeric Nanoparticles with 30 articles, 1 book published and 1 patent.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Suchitra Sueeprasan
Ph.D at University of Derby, United Kingdom, Thesis name: Evaluation of Colour Appearance Models and Daylight Illuminant Simulations to Provide Predictable Cross-Media Colour Reproduction. B.Sc. Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THAILAND 1993. Expert in Colour Appearance and Colour Measurement. Her working place is the Department of Imaging and Printing Technology.
She has supervised and co-supervised 25 under-graduate students and 15 post-graduate students. Her main research activities are on colour perception with 4 journal articles, 26 referred conference publications and 1 book chapter published.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Sireerat Charuchinda
Ph.D in Chemical System Engineering, Department of Chemical System Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2001. Thesis name Behavior of Flame Spreading over Napped Fabrics. M.Sc in Polymer Science, Disciplinary of Petrochemical and Polymer Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 1991. B.Sc in Materials Science (Polymers and Textiles), Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 1981. Expert in Textile Chemistry and Colour Science. Flame retardant finishing of polymeric materials; Encapsulation of herbal extracts and essential oils using as antibacterial agent for polymeric materials. Her working place is the Department of Material Science.
She has supervised and co-supervised 4 graduate students. Her main research activities are on Flame Retardant Finishing on Textile Materials, Micoencapsulation of Herbs for Antibacterial Finishing with 36 publications and 2 (chapters) books published.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Kiattisak Duangmal
Ph.D. in Food Science, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 2000. Thesis: Purification and characterisation of polyphenol oxidase from taro (Colocasia esculenta). M.Sc. in Food Technology, Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THAILAND, 1992. Thesis: Extraction of anthocyanins from blue pea (Clitoria ternatea). B.Sc. in Food Technology, Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THAILAND, 1989. His working place is the Department of Food Technology.
He has experience and teaching in the field of food proteins, browning reaction in food, fruit and vegetable, pigment and colour evaluation in food. He was supervisor and co-supervisor for about 25 under-graduate and 36 post-graduate students. He has 12 journal articles and 10 referred conference publications