Pai Buabthong

Professor of Physics
Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University

I'm a professor of physics at Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University. My research interests include planning for renewable energy adoption, coatings for energy materials, and automatic construction and information extraction of enterprise knowledge graph.

Previously, I was working with Prof. Nathan S. Lewis at Caltech on surface energetics and defects of protective coatings for photoelectrochemical solar fuel production devices. During my Ph.D., I was also working Prof. Zachary Ross on systhetic broadband seismic wave generation using generative adversarial networks (GANs)

A brief timeline of my career:

  • January 2022 - now
    Machine Learning Researcher/Technical Consultant at Kasikorn Business-Technology Group
    - Research focused on Thai NLP and knowledge graph
  • December 2021 - now
  • Sept 2015 - June 2021
    Ph.D. Research Assistant at California Institute of Technology
    - Studied defects on ALD TiO2 coatings and corrosion mechanisms of semiconductors
    - Designed GAN model for generating broadband seismic waveforms for earthquake engineering
  • June 2018 - Sept 2018
    Product Engineer Intern at Lam Research
    - Studied gas breakdown in the electrostatic chucks (ESCs) used in conductor and dielectric etch instruments
    - Developed coating materials with increased high-voltage dielectric breakdown
  • June 2013 - Sept 2013
    Research Assistant at Argonne National Laboratory
    - Developed an interferometric phase noise measurement system for the Short-Pulse X-ray (SPX) project at the Advanced Photon Source
  • May 2012-May 2015
    Mobile App Developer at Scientific Animations without Borders
    - Created 2D animations covering common health issues
    - Developed iOS and Android application and designed the database for distributing the animations


  • California Institute of Technology June 2021
    Ph.D. Materials Science, Minor in Computer Science

  • California Institute of Technology June 2018
    M.S. Materials Science

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May 2015
    B.S. Physics, Minor in Mathematics

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