Asst.Prof.Dr. Prapan Kuchonthara
ผศ. ดร. ประพันธ์ คูชลธารา




B.Sc. (Chem.Eng.), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
M.Sc. (Chem.Sys.Eng.), The University of Tokyo, Japan
Ph.D. (Chem.Sys.Eng.), The University of Tokyo, Japan
Office hour : Mon Wed Fri 11-12

Energy Technology
Energy conversion processes needs improvement to reach high efficiency and also low enviornmental impacts. Hydrogen energy is one of solutions because of its low loss during the converson processes. In addition, Energy recuperation technology and process integration must be taken into account.

Gasification involves subjecting solid biomass to hot steam and air to produce a gaseous biofuel. This gas (also called synthesis gas) can be burned for heating, electricity production, or may be further converted to act as a substitute for almost any fossil fuel. The advantage of this process is that the synthesis gas is a better fuel than the original solid biomass, and can be stored & transported more easily. Steam gasification is promoted to be a process for Hydrogen Production.

Process Simulation
Process simulation and design are performed in order to evaluate overall performance of the (energy conversion) processes, which are particularly power generation.

Chalermsinsuwan, B., P. Kuchontahra, and P. Piumsomboon “Effect of Circulatin Fluidized Bed Reactor Riser Geometries on Chemical Reaction Rates by using CFB Simulations” Chem. Eng. Process., 48, 165-177 (2009).

Hirohata, O., T. Wakabayashi, K. Tasaka, C. Fushimi, T. Furusawa, P. Kuchonthara, and A. Tsutsumi “Release Behavior of Tar and Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals during Biomass Steam Gasification” Energy Fuels, 22, 4235-4239 (2008).

Kuchonthara, P., T. Vitidsant and A. Tsutsumi “Catalytic Effects of Potassium on Lignin Steam Gasification with -Al2O3 as a Bed Material” Korean J. Chem. Eng., 25, 656-662 (2008).

Prompubess C., Mekasut L., Kuchontara P., Piumsomboon P., 2007, "Co-combustion of coal and biomass in a circulating fluidized bed combustor ", Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 989-995

Kuchonthara, P., Tsutsumi, A., 2006, "Energy-recuperative coal-integrated gasification/gas turbine power generation system", Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan , Vol. 39, No. 5, pp. 545-552

Rodjeen, S., Mekasut, L., P. Kuchontara, P. Piumsomboon , 2006, "Parametric studies on catalytic pyrolysis of coal-biomass mixture in a circulating fluidized bed", Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering , Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 216-223

บุปผา พุทธสวัสดิ์ ประพันธ์ คูชลธารา เลอสรวง เมฆสุต, 2006, "ผลของตัวเร่งปฏิกิริยาอัลคาไลต่อการสลายตัวทางความร้อนของชีวมวลในกระบวนการแกซิฟิเคชัน", Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development Conference

เอกสิทธิ์ สกุลการค้า ประพันธ์ คูชลธารา เลอสรวง เมฆสุต , 2006, "ผลของสารอนินทรีย์ต่อความว่องไวในการสลายตัวทางความร้อนของถ่านหินและชีวมวลในกระบวนการแกซิฟิเคชันร่วม", Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development Conference

Kuchonthara, P., Bhattacharya, S., Tsutsumi, A., 2005, "Combinations of solid oxide fuel cell and several enhanced gas turibne cycles", Journal of Power Sources , Vol. 124, No. 1, pp. 65-75

Kuchonthara, P., Tsutsumi, A. , 2005, "Alkali-catalyzed steam gasification of biomass with porous particles", Proc. of International Conference on Coal Science and Technology 2005

Kuchonthara, P. and A. Tsutsumi “Energy-recuperative coal-integrated gasification/gas turbine power generation system” 10 th APCChE Congress , October 17-21, 2004, Kitakyushu , Fukuoka , Japan , Proceeding , CD-ROM (2004).

Kuchonthara, P., S. Bhattacharya, and A. Tsutsumi “Combination of Thermochemical Recuperative Coal Gasification Cycle and Fuel Cell for Power Generation using Brown Coal” Fuel, submitted (2003).

Kuchonthara, P., S. Bhattacharya, and A. Tsutsumi “Energy recuperation in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and gas turbine (GT) combined system” J. Power Sources, 117, 7-13 (2003).

Kuchonthara, P., S. Bhattacharya, and A. Tsutsumi “Combinations of solid oxide fuel cell and several enhanced gas turbine cycles” J. Power Sources, 124, 65-75 (2003).

Kuchonthara, P. and A. Tsutsumi, “Energy-Recuperative Biomass Integrated Gasification Power Generation System” J. Chem. Eng. Japan, 36, 846-851 (2003).

Kuchonthara, P. and A. Tsutsumi “Energy-recuperative integrated gasification and gas turbine combined power generation system using biomass” 8 th Japan-China Symposium on Coal and C1 Chemistry , December 8-11, 2003, Kitakyushu , Fukuoka , Japan , Proceeding , 131-132, (2003).

Kuchonthara, P. and A. Tsutsumi “Thermochemical recuperative biomass gasification-power generation system” Int. Symposium on Highly Efficient Use of Energy and Reduction of its Environmental Impact , January 22-23, 2002, Osaka , Japan , Proceeding , 53-53 (2002).

Kuchonthara, P., A. Tsutsumi, and S. Bhattacharya “High-efficient power generation system with solid oxide fuel cell and gas turbine combination: comparison of the combined system with various enhanced gas turbine cycles” 19th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference , September 23-27, 2002 , Pittsburgh , USA , CD-ROM , ISBN 1-89077-19-S, 34-1 (2002).

Kuchonthara, P. and Y. Matsumura “Supercritical water liquefaction of coal and waste tire: effects of partial oxidation and the water-gas shift reaction” Sekiyu Gakkaishi, 44, 397-400 (2001).

Kuchonthara, P., S. Bhattacharya, and A. Tsutsumi “Thermodynamic analysis of high-efficiency fuel cell and gas turbine combination” 6th Japan-Korea Joint Symposium '01 on Hydrogen Energy , October 18, 2001, Hiratsuka, Japan , Proceeding , 289-295 (2001).

Faculty member

Supporting staff
Head of Department
Full-time Faculties

Pattarapan Prasassarakich

Lursuang Mekasut
Pornpote Piumsomboon
Somkiat Ngamprasertsith
Khantong Soontarapa

Kejvalee Pruksathorn

Mali Hunsom
Nattaya Pongstabodee
Suchaya Nitivattananon
Prapan Kuchonthara
Prasert Reub-roycharoen
Chawalit Ngamcharussrivichai
Napida Hinchiranan
Sirilux Pompradub
Nisit Tantavichet
Kunakorn Poochinda

Benjapon Chalermsinsuwan
Nathapol Pintuyothin
Emeritus Professors
Somsak Damronglerd
Kunchana Bunyakiat
Samran Tungtong
Pienpak Tasakorn