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Faculty : School of Bio-Chemical Engineering and Technology (BCET)
Name : Dr. Pisanu Toochinda (Assistant Professor)
Position : Head of the School of Bio-Chemical Engineering and Technology and Chairperson of Chemical Engineering Curriculum
E - Mail : pisanu@siit.tu.ac.th
Phone Rangsit : +66-2-986-9009, +66-2-986-9101, +66-2-564-3226
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Phone Extension : 2309
 
Education

August 2003
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
, The University of Akron, Akron OH.
Dissertation:Palladium and Copper: Environmentally Benign Catalysts for Oxidative Carbonylation and Photo Catalysis.

December 1999
M.S. Chemical Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron OH.
Thesis: Carbamate Syntheses from the Oxidative Carbonylation reactions over Palladium on Carbon.

June 1995
B.S. Chemistry
, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Project: Interface behavior of natural latex and microencapsulation of fertilizer.

Academic Awards
  • 2013 Gold Medal, 41st International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
  • 2008 Best Teaching Award, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology.
  • 2004 Best Teaching Award, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology.
  • Recipient of Travel Award for 19th Conference on Catalysis of Organic Reaction, 2002.
  • Recipient of Kokes Travel Award for 2001.
Research Areas
    Hydrogen production from alcohol reforming, Photo-catalytic synthesis of hydrocarbons from CO2/H2O, Photochemical solar cells, Gas-solid reactor design, Heterogeneous catalysis, Nano-material / zeolite syntheses, Bio-molecular imprinted materials.
Research Interests

    The Development of a Novel Catalyst for Hydrogen Production from Methanol Steam Reforming

    The shortage of energy is becoming an important problem for mankind and the research of renewable energy has emerged rapidly to solve this problem. One interesting renewable energy is the energy from hydrogen fuel cells. Therefore, one of the most important issues to be considered for the hydrogen fuel cell is effective hydrogen production. Hydrogen could be produced from reforming reactions of hydrocarbons such as methane, methanol, ethanol, dimethyl ether, etc. This research focuses on methanol reforming to produce hydrogen for fuel cells from the steam reforming reaction. Unfortunately, the process still requires a huge amount of energy in order to produce a high yield of hydrogen. This is a major drawback of hydrogen production from the reforming reaction. The objective of this research is to study the performance of various catalysts from different preparation methods to identify the proper catalyst for methanol reforming. The optimization of the catalytic reactor design and reaction conditions are also investigated to enhance the reaction system for effective hydrogen production from methanol reforming.

    Carbon Dioxide Capture by Immobilized Amine over Solid Sorbents

    The high performance of amine solid sorbents could provide the alternative for CO2 capture from power plant flue gases. The concept is to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from a simulated flue gas system by a tubular reactor using immobilized amine species on different solid sorbent support (activated carbon, zeolites, agriculture product waste) at ambient conditions. The concepts of the material preparation are high performance of CO2 capture, cost effectiveness, and easy handling for various applications. The preliminary design of a scaled up plant for the CO2 capture from solid sorbents is also considered in the study.

    Photocatalysis

    CO2 emission has become a worldwide problem due to its potential impact on global warming. Photocatalytic reactions, which involve the combined use of photo energy and catalysts to convert reactants to products, provide a promising alternative to reduce CO2 and convert it into useful hydrocarbon products (e.g., methane and methanol).

Professional Activities

AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of North American Catalysis Society.
  • Member of Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society.
  • Member of Organic Reaction Catalysis Society.
 
Work Experiences

SKILLS

  • Expertise in the use and maintenance of FTIR, FT-Raman, UV-visible, MS, GC, HPLC, SEM, TEM, AA and NMR.
  • Operation of computer-based data acquisition systems.
  • Operation of computer graphic illustration and photo editing programs.


EXPERIENCE

Jan. 1998-2003 Research Assistant, The University of Akron.

  • Well versed in the formulation, preparation, characterization, and testing a wide range of catalysts, including Group VIII metal-oxide, metal nanoparticle, sol-gel, carbon and mesoporous based catalysts.
  • Designed a novel technique involving the use of FTIR, GC, and MS for in situ studies during catalytic reaction of carbamate and dicarbamate from oxidative carbonylation reactions.
  • Worked extensively with in situ transmission IR, GC, and compartment modeling for determination of catalyst activities and selectivities, reaction kinetics, adsorbates, and reaction mechanisms.
  • Worked extensively with SEM and TEM for the surface characterization of catalysts.
  • Designed and developed a novel gas-solid oxidative carbonylation in batch and continuous reaction systems for carbamate and carbonate syntheses.
  • Investigated reactivity and selectivity of Group VIII metal and zeolite-based catalysts for oxidative carbonylation reactions and photocatalytic reduction of CO2 and H2O.
  • CO2 adsorption study on carbon-supported sorbents.
  • Experienced in design, development, and optimization of industrial process and reactor scale up to pilot scale.
  • Collaborated in the composition of EPA-, DOE-, and NSF-funded proposals and reports.

Jan.-May 2000 Teaching Assistant, The University of Akron.

  • Assisted instructor of class in undergraduate Chemical Engineering Laboratory (Zeolite synthesis).


Jan.-May 2001 Teaching Assistant, The University of Akron.

  • Assisted instructor of class in undergraduate Chemical Engineering Laboratory (Distillation column).


Jan.-May 2002 Teaching Assistant, The University of Akron.

  • Assisted instructor of classes in undergraduate Chemical Engineering Laboratory (Distillation column) and Material Science.


Nov. 2003 - Present Lecturer, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University.

  • Instruct classes in undergraduate Chemistry for Engineers , General Sciene I and II, Pre-Mathematics, and Material & Energy Balance.
List of Publications
  • Use of fly ash and bottom ash as CO2 sorbent materials and a study of their essential properties, with Parnthep Julnipitawong; Chaichan Siriruang; and Somnuk Tangtermsirikul, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of Asian Concrete Federation (ACF 2014) [CD-ROM], 21-24 September 2014, Seoul, Korea, pp. 512-519.
  • Molecular calculations on inclusion complexes of cyclodextrins with 2-Acetyl-1-Pyrroline, with Suphawit Atireklap; Chananchita Saejao; Nuttawat Weerisrapong; and Luckhana Lawtrakul, Proceedings of the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2014 (PACCON2014), 8-10 January 2014, Khon Kaen, Thailand, pp. 176-179.
  • Molecular modeling investigations of pyrimethamine analogues binding to M.Tuberculosis dihydrofolate reductase, with Pimonluck Sittikornpaiboon; Krit Inthajak; Bongkoch Tarnchompoo; Ubolsree Leartsakulpanich; Chawanee Thongpanchang; and Luckhana Lawtrakul (2014), Proceedings of the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2014 (PACCON2014), 8-10 January 2014, Khon Kaen, Thailand, pp. 269-272.
  • Effect of zirconia doped alumina support to nickle catalysts for ammonia decomposition, with Suparoek Henpraserttae; Varisara Vacharanurak; Thienprapath Leelabanyong; and Panithan Hunhaboon, Proceedings of the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2014 (PACCON2014), 8-10 January 2014, Khon Kaen, Thailand, pp. 968-971.
  • CO2 reduction from solid sorbent using fly ash and bottom ash from coal fire power plant, with Pumiwat Vacharapong; Tanapoom Phuncharon; Malinee Nontikansak; Porntip Chen; and Somnuk Tangtermsirikul, Proceedings of the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2014 (PACCON2014), 8-10 January 2014, Khon Kaen, Thailand, pp. 980-983.
  • Molecular calculations on β-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes with five essential oil compounds from Ocimum basilicum (sweet basil), with Luckhana Lawtrakul and Krit Inthajak, ScienceAsia, 40, 2 (2014) 145-151.
  • Hydrogen production from ammonia decomposition over Ni/ZrO2-Al2O3 catalysts, with Suparoek Henpraserttae, Proceedings of 2014 Annual Conference on Engineering & Information Technology (ACEAIT 2014) [CD-ROM], 28-30 March 2014, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 296-304.
  • Molecular docking studies of trimethoprim and cycloguanil analogues binding to M. Tuberculosis dihydrofolate reductase, with Krit Inthajak; Pimonluck Sittikornpaiboon; and Luckhana Lawtrakul, Proceedings of 2014 Annual Conference on Engineering & Information Technology (ACEAIT 2014) [CD-ROM], 28-30 March 2014, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 286-295.
  • CO2 reduction from solid sorbent using fly ash and bottom ash from coal fire power plant, with Pumiwat Vacharapong; Tanapoom Phuncharon; Malinee Nontikansak; Porntip Chen; and Somnuk Tangtermsirikul, Proceedings of the 6th Regional Conference on Chemical Engineering [CD-ROM], 2-3 December 2013, Manila, Philippines, 4 p.
  • Molecular modeling investigations of inhibitors binding to M. Tuberculosis dihydrofolate reductase, with Pimonluck Sittikornpaiboon and Luckhana Lawtrakul, Proceedings of the 17th International Annual Symposium on Computational Science and Engineering (ANSCSE 17) [CD-ROM], 27-29 March 2013, Khon Kaen, Thailand, pp. 47-54.
  • Hydrogen production from ammonia decomposition, with Chaichan Siriruang; Phalotai Kuakpetoon; Kittipong Kulsiri; and Julaluk Duangthong, Proceedings of Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2013 (PACCON2013), 23-25 January 2013, Chon Buri, Thailand, pp. 437-440.
  • Development of Cu-Zn/Al2O3 catalyst for hydrogen production from methanol-steam reforming, with Chaichan Siriruang; and Sumittra Charojrochkul, Proceedings of Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2013 (PACCON2013), 23-25 January 2013, Chon Buri, Thailand, pp. 433-436.
  • Nanoencapsulation of eugenol by β-cyclodextrin, with Shunya Rodpothong; Thanya Ngamsantivong; Siriwimon Chutiwongsa; and Sitthiphol Puarattana-aroonkorn, Proceedings of Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2013 (PACCON2013), 23-25 January 2013, Chon Buri, Thailand, pp. 414-416.
  • Development of low-cost amine-enriched solid sorbent for CO2 capture, with Thuy Thi Nguyen, Environmental Technology 33, 23 (2012), 2645-2651.
  • Molecular dynamics simulations of UC781-cyclodextrins inclusion complexes in aqueous solution, with Kanokthip Boonyarattanakalin; Wolschann, Peter; and Luckhana Lawtrakul, European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 47, 4(2012), 752-758.
  • Development of Ni/Al2O3 with urea catalysts for ethanol-steam reforming, with P. Vacharapong; N. Umaree; R. Rojanasom; and D. Kamkoong, Proceedings of the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2011 (PACCON2011) [CD-ROM], 5-7 January 2011, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 192-195.
  • The Role of Urea in Cu?Zn?Al Catalysts for Methanol Steam Reforming, with Suparoek Henpraserttae and Pimpa Limthongkul, Monatshefte für Chemie, 141, 3 (2010) 269-277.
  • Development of Low cost Solid Sorbent Using Agriculture Wastes for CO2 Sequestration: A Study on the Effect of Mixing Amines and Glycerol, with Thawatchai Jarunchart, Phongkrit Mangosol, M. Krikrabkreaw, and Maruay Kittiyawat, Proceedings of Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference (PACCON 2010), 21-23 January 2010, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. pp. 247-250.
  • Roles of Urea and Zirconia in Cu-Zn/Al2O3 for Methanol-steam Reforming, with Chaichan Siriruang, Pumiwat Vacharapong, Sakdipong Ajavakom, and Thanawan Sumonsart, Proceedings of Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference (PACCON 2010), 21-23 January 2010, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. pp. 251-254.
  • Assessment of Mixed Basis Set and ONIOM Methods on the Activation Energy of Ring Opening Reactions of Substituted Cyclobutenes with Y. Tantirungrotechai, S. Roddecha and K. Punyain, Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, 893, 1-3(2009) 98-105.
  • Effects of Preparation of Cu/Zn Over Al2O3 Catalysts for Hydrogen Production from Methanol Reforming, with Suparoek Henpraserttae, Suranaree Journal of Science and Technology, 16, 2 (2009) 103-112.
  • Development of Low Cost Amine-Enriched Solid Sorbent for CO2 Capture, with Chaichan Siriuang, Proceedings of the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference (PACCON 2009), 14-16 January 2009, Phitsanulok, Thailand. pp. 108-111.
  • Development of Low Cost Solid Sorbent using Agriculture Wastes for CO2 Sequestration with Thawatchai Jarunchart, Proceedings of the 2nd Thammasat University International Conference on Chemical, Environmental and Energy Engineering (TU ChEEE 2009) [CD-ROM], 3-4 March 2009, Bangkok, Thailand. pp. 108-113.
  • Modeling of Methanol Steam Reformer to Produce Hydrogen for Fuel Cell Application, with Rapeepong Suwanwarangkul; Sumittra Charojrochkul; Nawat Kujareevanich; Opart Sanmontrikul; and Sakchai Kanchananiyom, Proceedings of the 1st Thammasat University International Conference on Chemical, Environmental and Energy Engineering (TU ChEEE 2008) [CD-ROM], 4 March 2008, Bangkok, Thailand. 6 p.
  • Photocatalytic Synthesis of Hydrocarbon from CO2 and H2O over Pt/TiO2. Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering Applied Sciences, and Technology (ICEAST 2007) [CD-ROM] 21-23 November 2007, Bangkok, Thailand. Paper No. 54, pp. 838-841.
  • Environmentally Benign Carbamate Synthesis,with Steven Chuang, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 43 (2004) 1192-1199.
  • CO2 Capture by Amine-Enriched Fly Ash Carbon Sorbents with M. Gray, K. Champagne,Y.Soong, R.Stevens,and S.Chuang,Separation and Purification Technology 35,1(2004)31-36.
  • Carbamate and Dicarbamate syntheses from CO/O2/Methanol/Amines, with Steven S. C. Chuang and Yawu Chi, in Catalysis of Organic Reactions, Morrell,D.G.ed.2003, pp.369-378.
  • Synthesis of Carbamate through Low Pressure Heterogeneous Oxidative Carbonylation of Amines, with Steven S. C. Chuang, Yawu Chi, and Bei Chen, WO 0288050,2002.
  • Low-Pressure Oxidative Carbonylation of Aniline with Pd/C and Ag-Pd/C, with Steven S.C.Chuang and Mahesh Konduru, Green Chemistry: Recent Advances in Chemical Processing, ACS Publications, 2001.
  • Novel amine enriched solid sorbents for carbon dioxide capture, with Y.Soong, M.Gray, R.Siriwardane, K. Champagne, R. Stevens,and S. Chuang in Environmental Challenges for Fossil Fuel Combustion and Greenhouse Gas Control and Utilization; edited by M.Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Chunshan Song,and Yee Soong; KluwerAcademic/Plenum Publishers, 2001.
  • Environmentally Benign Carbonylation of Aniline and Nitrobenzene,with Steven S.C.Chuang, Y.Chi, and M.Konduru, Stud.Surf.Catal., Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Catalysis, Elsevier Publishers, 2000.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Environmentally Benign Isocyanate Synthesis,with Steven S.C.Chuang and Mahesh Konduru, presented at 16th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society, Boston, May 30- June 04 1999.
  • Carbamate synthesis from gas-solid oxidative carbonylation reaction over Pd/C,with Steven S. C. Chuang,presented at 38th Spring Symposium of the Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society, Pittsburgh, PA, May 3-4 2000.
  • Novel Chemical processes for Carbamate and Dicarbamate Synthesis from the Gas-Liquid-Solid Oxidative Carbonylation, with Steven S. C. Chuang, presented at 17th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society, Toronto, June 03-08 2001.
  • Carbamate and Dicarbamate Syntheses from CO/O2/Methanol/Amines 19th Organic Reaction Catalysis Society,San Antonio, TX, April 2002.
  • Photo-Catalytic Synthesis of Hydrocarbons from CO2/H2O over Cu-Based Catalysts with Steven S. C. Chuang, presented at 18th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society, Cancun, Mexico, June 1-6 2003.

REFERENCES
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