Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Science)


            The Ph.D. program in Materials Science of the Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University. was among the first higher degree programs in Materials Science in Thailand. Established in February 2000, this program is a multidisciplinary international graduate program leading to a research degree.

The program is administered by the Faculty of Science in conjunction with the four departments of Physics: Chemistry. Industrial Chemistry and Geology.





            The program is intended to produce highly qualified researchers in Materials Science. The aim is to develop the student's knowledge and experience by carrying out a specific research project and by learning how to develop new ideas and practical skills in Materials Science.



            This Ph.D. program is classified as Type i (normal), multidisciplinary. There is no coursework involved. A research thesis is required amounting to 72 or 48 credits for students with a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree respectively. In addition, students must fulfill the following academic requirements:

            - All candidates must give at least either three (for students with a Bachelor's degree) or two (for students with a Master's degree) conference presentations of their work relating to their research.

            -All candidates must produce at least one publication relating to their work in an international journal or one patent as laid down by the Faculty's Graduate Program Administrative Committee.

            -All candidates must present a research seminar once a year within their relevant department for at least 3 years (for students with a Bachelor's degree) or 2 years (for students with a Master's degree) and participate in the seminar throughout their period of study.

            -All candidates must sit for a Qualifying Examination within the first semester. An unsuccessful examinee will be given one more opportunity for re-examination within the following two semesters.

            -All candidates must take a Comprehensive Examination.



            Materials processing (powder and thin film preparations; solid-state. sol-gel, oxalate, co-precipitation, nitrate. catecholate and hydrothermal ceramic fibrication), material characterisation (optical, X-ray and electron microscopy; crystallography: physical and chemical analyses), electroceramics (dielectrics, ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, electrooptics and magnetic ceramics), glass ceramics, metals and alloys, polymers, composites, corrosion and materials degradation, jointing of materials (surfaces and interfaces). surface modification of metals and computer modeling.



            - Bachelor's degree in science from an accredited college or university.

            - Sufficient ability and willingness to dohis/her thesis in accordance with the conditions set out. - English language qualification (TOEFL 500. IELTS s.s or equivalent), valid during the period of application.

            N.B. Candidates who do not fulfill all of the above criteria for acceptance in this Ph.D. program may nevertheless apply but admission to the program will be subject to the conditions set forth by the Graduate Program Administrative Committee for Materials Science.



1. Prof. Dr. Tawee Tunkasiri (Physics ; X-ray crystallography)

2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Narin Sirikulrat (Materials Science : metals)

3. Assoc.Prof.Dr. Jeerapong Tontrakoon (Materials Science : composites)

4. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somchai Thongtem (Materials Science : corrosion)

5. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sukon Phanichphant (Chemistry ; chemical processing)

6. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jintana Siripitayananon (Chemistry : crystallography)

7. Asst. Prof. Dr. Nitat Jira-arun (Industrial chemistry ; polymer technology)

8. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gobwute Rujijanagul (Physics : ceramics and processing)

9. Dr. Robert Molloy (Chemistry ; polymers)

10. Dr. Teerapol Wongchanapiboon. (Chemistry ; polymers and computer modeling)

11. Dr. Torranin Chairuangsri (Materials Science ; metals)

12. Asst. Prof. Dr. Supon Ananta (Materials Science ; ceramics and crystai,ography)

13. Dr. Cherdsak Saele



1. Department of Materials. University of Leeds. UK

2. Department of Physics and Astronomy. University of Leeds. UK

3. School of Chemistry. University of Leeds, UK

4. Department of Physics. University of Reading. UK

s. Department of Chemistry. University of Reading. UK

6. Department of Engineering. University of Reading. UK

7. Jinan University, Guangzhou. P.R. of China

8. University of Science and Technology of Lille, France

9. Freiberg University of Mining and Technology,


10. Faculty of Mining. Metallurgy and Geosciences, RWTH Aachen, Germany



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Narin Sirikulrat Department of Physics

Faculty of Science

Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai, 50200, THAILAND

Tel: (66 53) 94 3376, 34 2470 Fax: (66 53) 35 7512

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sukon Phanichphant Department of Chemistry

Faculty of Science

Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai, 50200, THAILAND

Tel: (66 53) 94 3345 ext. 160

Fax: (66 53) 89 2277

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