Center of Excellence on Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering

Center of Excellence on Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering (CECC) is a leading research center in the field of catalysis and catalytic reaction engineering in Thailand and South East Asian Region. The laboratory was established in 1979 as Petrochemical Laboratory in Department of Chemical Engineering by Professor Piyasan Praserthdam. In 2002, Chulalongkorn University has elevated the status of the laboratory to Center of Excellence, one of only two centers in Department of Chemical Engineering. With its research outputs and reputation, CECC has been named ‘Outstanding Center of Excellence’ by Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund Award for Research Work from Chulalongkorn University in 2009, 2013, and 2017. After receiving the award for the third time, CECC has earned the ‘Hall of Fame’ status. Furthermore, CECC has received international recognition from hosting several international conferences, including the 23rd International Symposium on Catalytic Reaction Engineering in 2014 and the 8th Asia-Pacific Congress on Catalysis in 2018.

Research Area

  • Cleaner energy: biodiesel, BHD, bioethanol, hydrogen, CO2 conversion to higher value products
  • Biomass conversion: biochemical from agricultural waste, ethanol conversion
  • Environmental catalysis: VOCs removal, selective oxidation of H2S, selective catalytic reduction of NOx and SOx

  • Petrochemicals: selective hydrogenation, polymerization, oxychlorination
  • Photocatalysis pollution abatement by solar energy, dye-sensitized solar cell, photocatalytic production of fine chemicals
  • Multifunctional reactor: hybridized reactive distillation, sorption enhanced reaction, cavitation reactor, process intensification

  • Electrochemical devices: solid oxide fuel cell and electrolyzer, H2 separation membrane, Zinc-air battery, advanced electrochemical reactor
  • Computational Catalysis Engineering: First-Principles calculations, Density Functional Theory (DFT), Machine Learning (ML)


Meena Rittiruam,Bunjerd Jongsomjit,Supareak Praserthdam A computational-experimental investigation on high ethylene selectivity in ethanol dehydration reaction found on WOx/ZrO2-activated carbon bi-support systems. 2019. Scientific Reports 9 (19738), 1-9.

Ryan Dula Corpuz, Lyn Marie Z. De Juan, Supareak Praserthdam, Rojana Pornprasertsuk, Tetsu Yonezawa, Mai Thanh Nguyen, Soorathep Kheawhom Annealing induced a well-ordered single crystal δ-MnO2 and its electrochemical performance in zinc-ion battery. 2019. Scientific Reports 15107.

Soraya Hosseini, Ali Abbasi, Luc-Olivier Uginet, Nicolas Haustraete, Supareak Praserthdam, Tetsu Yonezawa, Soorathep Kheawhom The Influence of Dimethyl Sulfoxide as Electrolyte Additive on Anodic Dissolution of Alkaline Zinc-Air Flow Battery. 2019. Scientific Reports 14958.

Sutaporn Meephon, Thanyada Rungrotmongkol, Somchintana Puttamat, Supareak Praserthdam, Varong Pavarajarn Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of diuron on zinc oxide: Influence of surface-dependent adsorption on kinetics, degradation pathway, and toxicity of intermediates. 2019. Journal of Environmental Sciences 84 , 97-111.

Anchittha Liu, Supareak Praserthdam, Suphot Phatanasri Investigation on the increased stability of the Ni-Co bi-metallic catalysts for the carbon dioxide reforming of methane. 2019. Catalysis Today.

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M.Eng. Students


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

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