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The Energy Cluster aims at promoting researches under the country’s development guidelines of Energy 4.0. It focuses on renewable energy developement, particularly Bioenergy, to promote bioeconomy; Smart Energy Management to finally integrate to Smart City; Energy and Power System Analysis for country’s Energy Policy and Planning. In addition, it also focuses on new energy innovations.

Cluster Director: Assoc.Prof. Kulyos Audomvongseree, Ph.D.


Center of Excellence

Fuels Research Center

Develop various components of proton exchange menbrane (PEM) fuel cell and direct metanol (DM) fuel cell such as catalyst, flow field plate

Reseacrh Highlight
  1. Development of high activity and stability catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in PEM fuel cells
  2. Development of high activity catalyst for hydrogen oxidation reduction reaction in DM fuel cells
Key Contact Person

Center of Excellence for Theoretical Sciences

Forum for theoretical sciences was established by Prof. Dr. Virulh Sayakanit in 1987 and became a center of excellence in 2002. The objective is to build a forum of thought and excellence in theoretical sciences, especially in the field of physics and physics-related multidisciplinary subjects, such as physical chemistry, chemical physics, biological physics, engineering, metrology and the physics of economics and financial. Recently, the center of excellence for theoretical sciences entered the 2nd generation era and is conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Udomsilp Pinsook. Since 1998, there are 78 cumulative publications in the ISI database with 495 citations


Research Highlight

Center of excellence for theoretical sciences in the 2nd generation performs theoretical and computational physics. The research areas can be divided into four groups as follows. 1. Theory of interacting electron gas using path integration and Green’s function methods. 2. Model of condensed matters, such as metals, liquid metals, semiconductors, large molecules, and so on. 3. Physics of condensed matter under extreme conditions, i.e. high temperature and high pressure, which aims to study structural phase transitions and physics properties, such as electronic, optical, thermal, magnetic properties, under extreme conditions. 4. Prediction of technological potential applications. For example, the calculation of large porous molecules and their applications in gas storage

Center of excellence for theoretical sciences hosted the 7th Asian conference for high pressure research in 2015. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Udomsilp Pinsook was the conference chairman.


Some members of center of excellence for theoretical sciences.


Key Contact Person

Associate Professor Dr. Udomsilp Pinsook

Center of Excellence on Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering

The Center of Excellence on Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering is the leading research center in the field of catalysis in Thailand. Currently, there are eight faculty members, 25 doctoral and 60 Master students, and five postdoctoral researchers. The ongoing research topics cover a diverse range within the catalysis field, including Ziegler-Natta and metallocene catalysts, hydrogen production, ethanol conversion, selective hydrogenation, selective catalytic reduction of the oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide oxidation and photocatalysis. With a number of analytical instruments available in the center and numerous funding sources from both government and industrial partners, our group accomplishes interdisciplinary research aimed at establishing the relationship between catalytic activity and its structure so as to enable highly efficient catalyst design.


Research Highlight
  • Fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells using double-layer structured electrodes
  • Switchable transparent photovoltaic cell
  • Hydrogen production with CO2 capture with sorption-enhanced chemical-looping reforming
  • Regeneration of zinc particles for zinc-air battery
  • Biodiesel production from palm oil using an ultrasonic reactor and reactive distillation
Key Contact Person

Research Unit

Research Unit of Advanced Materials for Energy Storag

This research unit focusses on the research and development of advanced materials for energy storage components and related energy technologies that will be implemented in energy storage/related energy technology systems ready for operation.

Research Highlights
  • Research and development of advanced materials for rechargeable zinc-air battery, supercapacitor and fuel cell applications
  • Research and development of graphene-based electrodes for rechargeable zinc-air battery and supercapacitor applications
Key Contact Person








  • Associate Prof. Dr. Soorathep Kheawhom
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Rojana Pornprasertsuk

Physics of Energy Materials Research Unit

Fundamental knowledge in the fields of theoretical and experimental physics is employed in the research and development of materials using physical processes in order to fabricate energy devices, such as Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) thin film solar cells, as well as emerging perovskite solar cells, etc.

Research Highlights
  • Thin film growth of semiconducting materials for photovoltaic devices – CIGS, Perovskite and Tandem
  • Physics of CIGS materials
  • Research and development in the fabrication of CIGS thin film solar cells
  • Fabrication of methylammonium-lead-halide perovskite solar cells (PSC)
  • Band gap engineering of CIGS-TFSC and PSC
  • Stability of PSC from a computational approach
  • Property enhancement of energy materials using extreme conditions
  • Measurement services:
    • Atomic force microscopy
    • Field-emission scanning electron microscopy
    • Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy
    • Electron back-scattered diffraction
    • Ion polishing for thin film preparation
    • Surface profilometry
    • Resistivity and Hall effect measurement for thin films
    • I-V measurement of solar cells (with standard reference cell)
    • Quantum efficiency measurement
    • Photoluminescence measurement
    • UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy
    • Single crystal x-ray diffraction
    • Optical properties measurement under high pressure
Key Contact Person

รองศาสตราจารย์ ดร. ธิติ บวรรัตนารักษ์ e-mail:

ผู้ช่วยศาสตราจารย์ ดร.โศจิพงศ์ ฉัตราภรณ์

Tel: +662-218-7550
Fax: +662-253-1150


Chemical Energy Conversion

Chemical Energy Conversion research unit aims to develop and evaluate the sustainability of technologies for converting primary to secondary energy carriers using physical, chemical electrochemical, or biochemical processes. The unit also plays a role in supporting the individual development of its faculty members and graduate students to serve the societal needs of manpower in the field of alternative energy, as well as to transfer knowledge and technology to society.


Research Highlights

Electrocatalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell

Catalyst for Hydrogen Production Circulating Fluidized Bed Technology for Combustion, Gasification and CO 2 capture Emergy Analysis of Biorefineries Dye sensitized Solar Cell and perovskite solar cell

Source of Funding: TRF, EPPO, NRCT International collaboration: Illinois Institute. Of Technology, Nagoya University, Curtin University.

Key Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Pornpote Piumsomboon

Dept. of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Science.

Tel.: +662 218 7676, +662 218 7523

Fax: +662 255 5831


Computational Process Engineering

Computational Process Engineering Research Unit was founded in 2013. It was developed from the Computational Process Engineering Research Group, which was supported by the Special Task Force for Activating Research (STAR) under Chulalongkorn University Centenary Academic Development Project (2011-2013). The aim of the Computational Process Engineering Research Unit is to develop research in the area of Process Engineering, which involves analysis, improvement, development and design of chemical and bio-chemical processes with a high efficiency and environmental friendliness. Presently, the scope of on-going work has been extended to cover research in the area of renewable energy and energy-related technologies.


Research Highlights


  • Chemical and Bio-chemical process: multifunctional reactor, reactive distillation, spray dryer,encapsulation technology
  • Process design, control and optimization: model predictive control, neural network, dynamic optimization, energy and exergy analyses
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Fuel cell technology: solid oxide fuel cell, proton exchange membrane fuel cell
  • Hydrogen production process: sorption-enhanced reforming, thermal coupling process,electrolyzer
  • Carbon dioxide caption: calcium looping process, chemical looping combustion
  • Renewable energy: biomass conversion, bio-fuels
  • Energy storage: zinc-air battery, vanadium redox flow battery
Key Contact Person

Assistant Prof. Amornchai Arpornwichanop

Head of Computational Process Engineering Research Unit

Tel.: +662-218- 6999 Fax: +662-218- 6877


Research Institute

Energy Research Institute

The Energy Research Institute (ERI) was established at Chulalongkorn University on April 18 th , 1991 to emphasize research equally to teaching and learning. Since then, ERI has been conducting activities regarding energy policy research, and providing academic services to public in the field of energy efficiency and energy conservation, as well as promoting alternative energy. These activities have mainly been supported by ERI’s strong networks, including government agencies and universities in Thailand and also the private sector and international agencies.



1.Thailand Energy Information Center

2. Thailand Energy Outlook

3. Thailand’s Solar PV Roadmap Initiatives

4. Thailand Smart Grid Development Master Plan

5. Building Energy Management System Pilot Project

Key Contact Person

Associate Professor Kulyos Audomvongseree, PhD

Tel.: (+66) 02-218- 8099

Fax: (+66) 02-254- 7579

12 th Floor, Institute Building III, Phyathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

E-mail:; Tel.: (662) 0-2218- 8096-7; Fax: (662) 0-2254- 7579


Research Highlight

Photoactive Organic Materials for Optoelectronic Applications and Clean Energy Conversion

Development of organic photosensitizing materials for optoelectronic applications, especially solar cells and photoelectrochemical catalysts for carbon dioxide transformation

Research Highlight

Development of Porphyrin Photoactive Derivatives, and Investigation of Their Properties Towards Light Harvesting Applications; Organic Photoactive Porphyrin-based Materials for Environmental and Biomedical Applications; Development of Oligopyrrole Derivatives for Using as Photoactive Materials in Solar Cells and Photocatalysts


Associate Professor Dr. Patchanita Thamyongkit


Gravity, String and Holography

This research aims to understand various aspects of string/M-theory using gauged supergravity theories. In particular, it focuses on applications of gauged supergravity to study the AdS/CFT correspondence and string/M-theory compactification. The former is useful in the study of strongly coupled dynamics of gauge theories while the latter could give more insight to non-perturbative aspects of string/M-theory such as string dualities and their implication.

Research Highlight

AdS/CFT and gauge/gravity correspondence; gauged supergravity; dimensional reduction

Key Contact Person

Dr. Parinya Karndumri



CUniverse – Chulalongkorn University Next-Generation Initiatives for Experimental High Energy, Elementary Particle Theory, and Extragalactic Astrophysics Research Excellence

The “CUniverse” research promotion project was established to catapult Chulalongkorn University towards a world-class institution for fundamental study. It involves active researches aiming to study the fundamental laws of nature at both microscopic and cosmological distance scales, at the cross-borders of theoretical physics, high-energy physics experiment and astrophysics.  This project also aims to enhance the growth and reputation of fundamental physics research in Thailand, attracting and training excellent and highly motivated young students in this forefront field of fundamental research.

Research Highlight

Quantum gravity and string theory with applications to early cosmology;   Non-perturbative gauge theory; Black hole and gravitational wave; Extragalactic Astronomy; Supersymetry search at LHC

Key Contact Person

Assistant Professor Dr. Auttakit Chatrabhuti




Microalgae for biotechnology application

Research area in our laboratory focuses on the utilization of microalgae including cyanobacteria for biotechnology application. The main themes are biohydrogen production and polyamines metabolism in cyanobacteria. The mechanisms concerning phosphate signal transduction as well as the responses of cyanobacteria to environmental stress particularly osmotic and salt stress are studied. In the last 5 years, the projects dealing with UV-protective compounds, GABA synthesis, as well as bioplastic, bioethanol and biodiesel production from microalgae have also been investigated.

Research Highlight

Research Topic 1: Utilization of microalgae for renewable energy production

Research Topic 2: Enhancement of bio-products in microalgae under environmental stresses

Key Contact Person

Professor Dr. Aran Incharoensakdi




Particle Physics Research Laboratory (PPRL)

The PPRL at the Department of Physics, Chulalongkorn University is a leading institute in Thailand that provides an excellent research environment to explore various experimental and theoretical facets of particle physics. PPRL has joined the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN since 2012. PPRL physicists are currently involved in following activities:

  • Experimental High Energy Physics
  • Theoretical High Energy Physics
  • High Energy Physics Outreach
  • Scientific Computing

Recently in February 2017 PPRL has joined the JUNO (Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory) Experiment in China.



Research Highlight

Our main interests are in the discovery and characterization of the Higgs boson, in Super Symmetric extension of the Standard Model (SUSY) and in the search for Large Extra Dimensions of space (LED).

Key Contact Person

Asst. Prof. Dr. Burin Asavapibhop


Award Researcher of energy 

Dr. Ruengwit Sawangkeaw


Research highlight

  • Developing the lipid-based biofuel production process in supercritical fluids
  • Techno-economic feasibility studies of lipid-based biofuel production in supercritical fluids
  • Life-cycle assessments of lipid-based biofuel production in supercritical fluids


Assoc. Prof. Soorathep Kheawhom


Research highlight

“Rechargeable flexible thin film zinc-air battery by screen printing”

2016: “Flexible rechargeable printed zinc-air battery” in 2016 Kaohsiung International Invention and Design EXPO (KIDE 2016), 9-11 December, 2016, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  1. Gold medal
  2. Special prize, Eurobusiness-Haller and Haller Pro Inventio Foundation

2016: “A high energy density flexible zinc-air battery” in 27th International Invention & Innovation Exhibition (ITEX’16), 12-14 May, 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  1. Gold medal
  2. Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) award for the best invention in green technology, Japan
  3. Special prize, World Invention Intellectual Property Association (WIIPA), Taiwan



Assoc.Prof. Thiti Bovornratanaraks


Research highlight

Total and partial DOS of  Zincblend  and Wurtzite Zn16O1S15 at 0 GPa. The black solid line represents the total DOS whereas the red, blue, and green respectively represent atomic orbitals of Zn, O, and S. Colored solid and dashed lines represent s and p orbitals respectively while dotted lines represent the d orbital. The insets are details of DOS at the band edges. The top of valence band is set to be zero in the energy scale.




1.Small scale transportable fuel production system

  • Improved gasification reaction via thermal integration unit achieving low tar content.
  • Less tar formation and no blockage and fouling problem.
  • Good performance of modular gasifier suitable for biomass utilization in remote area.

2.Cyclone pyrolyser for rapid thermal conversion of particulate waste

  • Suitable for small size particles (diameter smaller than 250 mm)
  • Dual functions of rapid reaction particles separation
  • High bio-oil yield

3.Catalytic critical process for thermal conversion of industrial waste

  • Catalytic thermochemical conversion of waste steam for fuel gas production without evaporation process.
  • Greater temperature at all pressure conditions led to higher fuel gas production especially H2 gas content.
  • Could be further referred to others industrial waste steam for synthesis gas production via thermochemical conversion method.

4.Semi-continuous in-situ catalytic rapid pyrolyzer system

  • Semi-continuous in-situ catalytic reactor for upgrading the quality of biomass pyrolysis products.
  • Phenol and hydrocarbon compound were the main products in bio-oil suitable as liquid biofuel
  • Catalyst used in an in-situ catalytic upgrade unit available to collect and reuse effortlessly

5.Fuildized bed gasifier

  • Size of fluidized bed gasifier was small that suitable for pilot plant scale.
  • Fluidized bed gasifier has good temperature distribution.
  • Good performance with small size and low density biomass for gasification.

6.Drop tube reactor

  • Drop tube reactor was used in gasification process for study optimal conditions.
  • Good system that suitable for biomass gasification in pilot plant scale in order to apply in industrial system.
  • Gas product was derived from this process was effective and low tar undesired liquid product.


The USAID Clean Power Asia program works with Lower Mekong countries and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to encourage power sector investments in environmentally friendly, clean energy sources. The program specifically focuses on bringing greater quantities of renewable energy into the region’s electricity grids.


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