The 18 selected papers in this special issue were presented at the The 21st International Union of Materials Research Societies - International Conference in Asia (IUMRS-ICA 2020) held online from 23-26 February 2021 at the Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The conference was co-organized by the Materials Research Society of Thailand (MRS-Thailand); Materials Science Research Center, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University; Office of Research Administration, Chiang Mai University; Bioplastics Production Laboratory for Medical Applications, Chiang Mai University; Center of Excellence in Advanced Nanomaterials and Characterization, Suranaree University of Technology; Center of Excellence on Advanced Functional Materials, Suranaree University of Technology; Establishment of Integrated Ecosystem for Quantum Technology Research, Suranaree University of Technology; Center of Excellence on Petrochemical and Materials Technology (PETROMAT), Chulalongkorn University; Metallurgy and Materials Science Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University; Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Technology, Silpakorn University; Naresuan University; Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi; Faculty of Engineering, Kasetsart University; National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC); National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC); Synchrotron Light Research Institute (SLRI); and Seagate Technology (Thailand) Ltd.
The conference covered all fields of materials research divided into 10 parallel symposia, namely:
- Electronic and Optical Materials
- Energy and Environment Materials
- Bioplastics, Biomaterials and Medical Devices
- Advanced Functional Materials
- Advanced Structural Materials
- Computational Materials Science, Modeling and Simulation
- Advanced Fabrication, Characterization and Devices
- Instrumentation and Materials Characterization
- Special Symposium on Material Enterprises and Industries
Altogether there was a total of 368 oral presentations including 6 plenary lectures, 37 keynote lectures and 84 invited lectures; and supported by 252 poster presentations. The conference was attended by a total of 859 registered participants from 25 different countries.
In publishing this special issue, the Chiang Mai Journal of Science would like to thank the organizers of IUMRS-ICA 2020 and the authors of the papers for choosing to make this select collection of papers available to the Journal for wider dissemination to the scientific community. All of the papers have been peer reviewed for which special thanks are due to the conference’s Scientific Committee.