Dr. Pimporn Ponpesh

ดร. พิมพ์พร พลเพชร

Education : Ph.D. Biological Systems Engineering, University of California, 2010 B.Sc. Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2005


Department of Chemical Engineering, 10th Floor, Building 4,
Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

pimporn.p@chula.ac.th and pponpesh@gmail.com



Research Interest

My research focuses on unit design, optimization, and scale up using computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling. Research interest includes purification and separation processes, renewable energy production and storage, heat transfer and ventilation systems, and dispersed multiphase flows


  • Modeling of turbulent multiphase flow in industrial freezers
  • Design, optimization, and scale up of chromatographic purification process of free lutein
  • Simulation of mixing tank for production of fruit coating mixture (water-wax)
  • Simulation of ZnO nanoparticle synthesis in tubular reactor
  • Simulation of indoor climate inside animal houses
  • Design and optimization of flow-battery systems and biomass gasification process


Computational fluid dynamics

Turbulent multiphase flows


Clowutimon, W.Ponpesh, P.Boonnoun, P.Shotipruk, A. Chromatographic modeling of free lutein derived from marigold flowers , 2020, Chemical Engineering Communications 207, 826-836.

Ngamsidhiphongsa, N.Ponpesh, P.Shotipruk, A.Arpornwichanop, A. Analysis of the Imbert downdraft gasifier using a species-transport CFD model including tar-cracking reactions , 2020, Energy Conversion and Management 213, 112808.

Prommuak, C., Tharangkool, N., Pavasant, P., Ponpesh, P., Jarunglumlert, T. Computational fluid dynamic design of spent coffee ground cabinet dryer using recycled heat from air compressor. 2020. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 153, 75-84.

Clowutimon, W., Ponpesh, P., Boonnoun, P., Shotipruk, A. Chromatographic modeling of free lutein derived from marigold flowers. 2019. Chemical Engineering Communications, 1-11.

Detchusananard, T., Im-orb, K., Ponpesh, P., Arpornwichanop, A. Biomass gasification integrated with CO2 capture processes for high-purity hydrogen production: Process performance and energy analysis. 2018. Energy Conversion and Management, 171, 1560-1572.

Clowutimon, W., Shotipruk, A., Boonnoun, P., Ponpesh, P. Development of mass transfer model for chromatographic separation of free lutein and fatty acids in de-esterified marigold lutein. 2018. Food and Bioproducts Processing, 110, 6-15.

Clowutimon, W., Boonnoun, P., Ponpesh, P., Shotipruk, A. Evaluation of chromatographic separation of free lutein and fatty acids in de-esterified marigold lutein. 2018. Separation Science and Technology, 53 (9), 1445-1455.

Im-orb, K., Detchusananard, T., Ponpesh, P., Arpornwichanop, A. Investigation of integrated biomass pyrolysis and gasification process for green fuel production. 2017. Energy Procedia, 142, 204-209.

Detchusananard, T., Ponpesh, P., Saebea, D., Authayanun, S., Arpornwichanop, A. Modeling and analysis of sorption enhanced chemical looping biomass gasification. 2017. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 57, 103-108.

Wiranarongkorn, K., Im-Orb, K., Ponpesh, P., Patcharavorachot, Y., Arpornwichanop, A. Design and evaluation of the sorption enhanced steam reforming and solid oxide fuel cell integrated system with anode exhaust gas recirculation for combined heat and power generation. 2017. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 57, 97-102.

Jiwanuruk, T., Putivisutisak, S., Ponpesh, P., Bumroongsakulsawat, P., Tagawa, T., Yamada, H., Assabumrungrat, S. Activity and stability performance of multifunctional catalyst (Ni/CaO and Ni/Ca12Al14O33-CaO) for bio-hydrogen production from sorption enhanced biogas steam reforming. 2016. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41 (18) , 7318-7331.

Thanomjit, C., Patcharavorachot, Y., Ponpesh, P., Arpornwichanop, A. Thermodynamic analysis of solid oxide fuel cell system using different ethanol reforming processes. 2015. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 40 (21) , 6950-6958.

Patcharavorachot, Y., Sangduan, K., Ponpesh, P., Assabumrungrat, S., Arpornwichanop, A. Integration of ethanol processor and CO2 absorption to produce hydrogen for fuel cell. 2014. Energy Procedia 61 , 2215-2218.

Arpornwichanop, A., Boonpithak, N., Kheawhom, S., Ponpesh, P., Authayanun, S. Performance Analysis of a Biomass Supercritical Water Gasification Process under Energy Self-sufficient Condition. 2014. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering 33 , 1699-1704.

P. Ponpesh, D. K. Giles, D. Downey Modeling turbulent multiphase flow in design of nut harvesters with reduced dust emission and low power demand. 2011. Transactions of the ASABE 54 (4) , 1199-1211.

P. Ponpesh, D. K. Giles, D. Downey Modeling turbulent multiphase flow for design of nut harvesters with reduced dust emission and low power demand: Swirl-tube design. 2011. Transactions of the ASABE 54 (3) , 777-788.

P. Ponpesh, D. K. Giles, D. Downey Mitigation of in-orchard dust through modified harvester operation. 2010. Transactions of the ASABE 53 (4) , 1037-1044.