Dr Tanapon Sornsuwan receives the Joan Chong Award at the IADR in Melbourne

2 October 2011

Congratulations to Dr Tanapon Sornsuwan, recipient of the Joan Chong Award announced at the recent IADR conference in Melbourne.

Dr Sornsuwan, who joined our faculty under the supervision of world-renowned, Professor Mike Swain, to undertake postgraduate research in the area of dental materials, graduated from the prestigious Chulalongkorn University.

A recipient of a number of awards in Thailand as well as Certificate of Merit from the Australian National Chemistry Quiz in 1998 and 1999 Tanapon was particularly interested in factors that contributed to the fracture of ceramic materials especially with their widespread usage in prosthodontic dentistry.

Over the past two years he has developed a completely novel approach that is a basic analysis of the role of the fissure and, in the last year, has published two papers on this topic in prestigious dental materials and basic materials and mechanics journals. The analysis presented in the later publication provides a rigorous treatment of the factors from a fracture mechanics perspective and enables safe selection of occlusal angulations for different ceramic materials. The approach provides genuine guidance for material selection for dentists and technicians for their patients. TanaponĀ“s ongoing research is focused on the role of the margin and the influence of bonding adhesion on cracking of all-ceramic crowns.

The Joan Chong award for Dental materials from the Australian section of the IADR is a fitting recognition for the quality of the research that Tanapon has undertaken and published to date and we are extremely proud of this quality of research being undertaken at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney.