Research

Polymer Engineering Laboratory

Polymer Engineering Laboratory (PEL) has been established since 1994 as one of the major research groups in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University. The main research area of PEL is Modification, Processing, and Applications of Polymer Blends, and Composites which focuses on the development of multicomponent polymer systems (Alloys, Blends, and Composites). PEL is one of 4 major laboratories in the department which is funded by TJTTP-JBIC of Chulalongkorn University with the budget of about 1.2 million US$ to purchase advanced research equipments within the year 2004. PEL currently has research collaborations with Toyohashi University of Technology (Prof. T. Takeichi), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Assoc. Prof. S. Ando), Nagaoka University of Technology (Prof. T. Shiomi), and Prof. T. Kitano (retired) of AIST, Japan.

Research Interest

  • Bioplastic for packaging industries
  • Adhesives for electronics packaging application
  • Packaging for extending shelf-life of fresh produce, fresh cut, meat and processed food
  • High Performance Fiber Composites for Ballistic Impact Applications
  • Shape Memory Polymer Alloys and Composites from Polybenzoxazines
  • Biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications
  • Polymer blends, Property modification of polymers
  • Prediction of material transport properties of polymeric composites

Publications

Deetuam, C., Samthong, C., Choksriwichit, S., Somwangthanaroj, A. Isothermal cold crystallization kinetics and properties of thermoformed poly (lactic acid) composites: effects of talc, calcium carbonate, cassava starch and silane coupling agents. 2020. Iranian Polymer Journal, 1-14.


Poolnapol, L., Kao-ian, W., Somwangthanaroj, A., Mahlendorf, F., Nguyen, M. T., Yonezawa, T., Kheawhom, S. Silver Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxide as Electrocatalyst for Zinc–Air Batteries. 2020. Energies, 13 (2), 462.


Laomeephol, C., Guedes, M., Ferreira, H., Reis, R. L., Kanokpanont, S., Damrongsakkul, S., Neves, N. M. Phospholipid‐induced silk fibroin hydrogels and their potential as cell carriers for tissue regeneration. 2020. Journal of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, 14 (1), 160-172.


Tiptipakorn, S., Rimdusit, S. Thermal Stability of Shape Memory Polymers, Polymer Blends, and Composites. 2020. Shape Memory Polymers, Blends and Composites, 167-197.


Chantong, N., Damrongsakkul, S., Ratanavaraporn, J. Gelation Process and Physicochemical Properties of Thai Silk Fibroin Hydrogels Induced by Various Anionic Surfactants for Controlled Release of Curcumin. (2019). Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 22 (6), 1395-1407.


Hombunma, P., Parnklang, T., Mora, P., Jubsilp, C., Rimdusit, S. Shape memory polymers from bio-based benzoxazine/epoxidized natural oil copolymers. 2019. Smart Materials and Structures, 29 (1), 015036.


Faculty Members

04

Faculty Members

06

Ph.D.Students

37

M.Eng. Students

CONTACT

Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Chulalongkorn University Payathai Road, Pathumwan Bangkok, 10330

varun.T@chula.ac.th

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