Dated: Tuesday 20 November 2018

To: All scientists of Can Tho University

Application includes:

  1. Research proposal;
  2. CVs of all program members; and
  3. Summary of research activities and achievements.

Deadline: 5:00 PM, Monday 21 January 2019

Requirements of research proposals:

  1. Urgencies and sustainability in terms of adaptation to climate change in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam;
  2. Feasibility from the viewpoints of research team’s capacity, team members’ past achievements, and facilities/equipment;
  3. Impact on the Mekong Delta communities/industries;
  4. Potential international journal publications (in terms of becoming an internationally recognized research university);
  5. Introduction of interdisciplinary research approaches;
  6. Availability of Japanese partner universities; and
  7. Participation of companies (optional but prioritized)

Requirements of the program leader:

  1. Holding a BS or higher degree;
  2. Working in the research field within the past 5 years;
  3. Having major contribution in writing the research proposal;
  4. Having sufficient research ability, labs, facilities, equipments, etc. to run thus complete the project/program as planned;
  5. Having at least 1 paper published in an international peer-reviewed journal of the research field within the past 5 years; and
  6. Having adequate English proficiency (B2 level or equivalents or completing an educational degree by English).


  1. Appendix: Concept note of the research program A-12;
  2. Application forms (Research proposal, CV and Summary of research activities and achievements).



Concept note of the research program A-12



Program title

General objective(s)

Specific objectives


Program duration (max. 36 months)

Total budget (USD)

Program outputs








Simulation of nanostructures – applications in agriculture (A-12)

To design nanoparticles for nanoscale molecule sensors and novel zeolites as coating materials for slow-release fertilizers

1. To describe/predict the structures and characterize electronic properties, the phonon spectra, the cohesive energy of the materials using first principles methods.

2. To examine the nature of the interactions (between the nanostructures and the gas molecules) including adsorption geometries, adsorption energies, charge transfer, and electronic band structures, electronic transport properties, electric conductance, and resistance of the gas moleculars absorption graphene-like nanoribbons.

3. To ascertain the most potential structures of the graphene-like nanoribbons and noble nanoparticles for developing the molecular sensors which can quickly detect contaminants and other products of agricultural processes such as controlled atmosphere (CA) storage,  hydroponic vegetable cultivation, and soil management. Detection of bio-molecules will also be examined as it is rather important in controlling the quality of agricultural products.

4. To develop zeolite structures as coating materials that are able to slow down the diffusion coefficients of NPK fertilizer used in urban agriculture or agriculture without soil.

36 months


-         Number of international peer-reviewed papers/total published papers (30%/100%): 4/8

-         Number of published books: 0

-         Number of conferences/workshops: 1

-         Number of new technologies: 1

-         Number of new technologies applied: 0

-         Number of patent applications: 1

-         Number of PhD degrees obtained from/involved in the program: 0

-         Number of graduate students involved in the program: 0

-         Number of short trainings: 0

-         Number of trainees: 0



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