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Biochemical Engineering Research


The Biochemical Engineering Laboratory, one of the main research groups in The Department of Chemical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, was started since 1987. In the early years of the laboratory, the research work was mainly focused on the development of bioreactors which included batch, semi continuous, and continuous with the cell recycle bioreactors for the production of acetone and butanol from agricultural based raw materials. However, since 1990 the emphasis of work was shifted towards the use of membrane technology (microfiltration, reverse osmosis, emulsion liquid membrane, pervaporation, and reverse micelles) both for bioreaction and bioseparation due to its promising future. At present, research work in the laboratory is expanded to other fields of biochemical engineering such as tissue engineering and airlift bioreactor design, while fermentation and membrane technology are still of high interests.

Research Interest

Hydrolysis of Biomass
Fermentation and Enzyme technology
Waste utilization
Biochemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Postharvest Technology


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

Telephone 662.218.6875
Fax 662.218.6877
Email Muenduen.P@chula.ac.th


Wataniyakul, P., Boonnoun, P., Quitain, A., Sasaki, M., Kida, T., Laosiripojana, N., Shotipruk, A. Preparation of hydrothermal carbon as catalyst support for conversion of biomass to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. 2018. Catalysis Communications 104 , 41-47.

Kirdponpattara, S., Phisalaphong, M., Kongruang, S. Gelatin-bacterial cellulose composite sponges thermally cross-linked with glucose for tissue engineering applications. 2017. Carbohydrate Polymers 177 , 361-368.

Wannachod, T., Hronec, M., Soták, T., Fulajtárová, K., Pancharoen, U., Nootong, K. Influence of salt concentration on solubility and tie-line data for the system: Formic acid + n-butanol + water. 2017. Separation Science and Technology (Philadelphia) , 1-9.

Boonnoun, P., Tunyasitikun, P., Clowutimon, W., Shotipruk, A. Production of free lutein by simultaneous extraction and de-esterification of marigold flowers in liquefied dimethyl ether (DME)–KOH–EtOH mixture. 2017. Food and Bioproducts Processing 106 , 193-200.

Satirapipatkul, C., Pungrasmi, W., Nootong, K., Wannachod, T. Production of 1,3-dihydroxyacetone by Gluconobacter nephelii in upflow aerated bioreactors with agro-industrial wastes as external nitrogen source. 2017. Engineering Journal 21 (5) , 81-92.