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Dr. Pornkamol Unrean
Senior Research Fellow

Cluster : REER


Research Interest

Energy sustainable development.


Dr. Pornkamol Unrean is a Senior Research Fellow in Resilience Development Initiative.

Education Timeline

  • 2014 Postdoc, Industrial Biotechnology

    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

  • 2010 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

    University of Minnesota, USA.

  • 2005 BSc, Biological & Chemical Engineering (Minor Molecular Biology)

    University of Wisconsin, USA.

Working Experiences Timeline

  • 2017 - Present Director of Research, Analyst

    Pilar Data Indonesia Research and Consulting.

  • 2017 - 2019 Visiting Researcher

    Curtin University, Malaysia.

  • 2010 - Present Senior Researcher

    National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand.

  • 2012 Visiting Researcher

    Fraunhofer Institute, Germany.

  • 2005 Intern

    Bioinformatics Summer Institute, USA.

National Research Collaboration:

  • P. Unrean, S. Khajeeram, V. Champreda (2017). Combining metabolic evolution and systematic fed-batch optimization for efficient single-cell oil production from sugarcane bagasse, Renewable Energy (IF=4.36), 111:295-306.
  • S. Khajeeram, P. Unrean (2017). Techno-economic assessment of high-solid simultaneous saccharification and fermentation and economic impacts of on-site enzyme production and yeast consortium technologies, Energy (IF=4.52), 122:194-203.
  • P. Unrean, S. Khajeeram (2016). Optimization and techno-economic assessment of high-solid fed-batch saccharification and ethanol fermentation by S. stipitis and S. cerevisiae yeast consortium, Renewable Energy (IF=4.36), 99:1062-72.
  • P. Unrean, S. Khajeeram, K. Laoteng (2015). Systematic optimization of fed-batch simultaneous saccharification and fermentation at high-solid loading based on enzymatic hydrolysis and dynamic metabolic modeling, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (IF=3.42), 1-12.
  • N. Suriyachai, N. Laosiripojana, V. Champreda and P. Unrean (2013). Optimized simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation of rice straw for ethanol production by Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Scheffersomyces stipitis co-culture using design of experiments, Bioresource Technology (IF=5.65), 142:171-78.

International Research Collaboration:
  • KWD. Gan, ACM. Loy, B. Chin, S. Yusup, P. Unrean, E. Rianawati, and M. Acda (2018). Kinetics and thermodynamic analysis in one-pot pyrolysis of rice hull using renewable calcium oxide based catalysts, Bioresource Technology (IF=5.65), In-press.
  • ACM. Loy, KWD. Gan, B. Chin, MK. Lam, M. Shahbaz, P. Unrean, M. Acda, E. Rianawati, and S. Yusup (2018). Thermogravimetric kinetic modelling of in-situ catalytic pyrolytic conversion of rice husk to bioenergy using rice hull ash catalyst, Bioresource Technology (IF=5.65), 261:213-222.
  • P. Unrean, E. Rianawati, B. Chin, M. Acda (2018). Comparative techno-economic assessment and environmental impacts of rice husk-to-fuel conversion technologies, Energy (IF=4.52), 151:581-593.
  • R. Wang, P. Unrean and C.J. Franzen (2016). Model-based optimization and scale-up of multi-feed simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation leads to efficient ethanol production from steam-pretreated wheat straw at high solid loading, Biotechnology for Biofuels (IF=5.2), 9:88.
  • P. Unrean and C.J. Franzen (2015). Dynamic flux balance model of S. cerevisiae for elucidation of cellular response to furfural perturbation, Biotechnol J (IF=3.44), 10(8):1248-58.
  • P. Unrean and N.H. Nguyen (2012). Metabolic pathway analysis of Scheffersomyces stipitis: effect of oxygen availability on ethanol synthesis and flux distributions, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (IF=3.42), 94:1387-98.
  • P. Unrean and F. Srienc. (2011). Metabolic networks evolve towards states of maximum entropy production. Metabolic Engineering (IF=8.2), 13(6): 666-73.
  • P. Unrean, CT. Trinh, and F. Srienc. (2010). Rational design and construction of an efficient Escherichia coli for production of diapolycopendioic acid. Metabolic Engineering (IF=8.2), 12(2): 112-22.
  • CT. Trinh, P. Unrean, and F. Srienc. (2008). Minimal Escherichia coli cell for the most efficient production of ethanol from hexoses and pentoses. Applied and Environmental Microbiology (IF=3.80), 74(12): 3634-43.

  • P. Unrean, A. Puseenam, N. Roongsawang: Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation process with recycling enzymes and cells for lignocellulosic ethanol production. Thai Petty Patent (No. 1703001160)
  • F. Srienc, A. Gilbert, C. Trinh, P. Unrean (2010): Ethanol-producing microorganisms and methods of using. U.S. Patent (No. 20100255553)
  • F. Srienc, C. Trinh, P. Unrean (2009): E. coli for efficient production of carotenoids. U.S. Patent (No. 20090253164)


BMB Young Scientist Award.

The Royal Society - International Exchange Award.

National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration.

International Foundation for Science Collaborative Research Fund.

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship.

Newton Fund for Professional Development Program.

TRF Young Researcher Award in Engineering & Multidisciplinary Technology.

Best Research Award of National Research Council of Thailand.

Best Research Award of Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment.

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship.

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