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Doctoral Student
Date of Enrolment
October 1, 2014
Primary Advisor
Ranaporn obtained a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Chulalongkorn University where her early research was in organic chemistry. Right upon her graduation in 2009, she was selected as a Young Researcher from Thailand to participate in the 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates (dedicated to Chemistry) in Lindau, Germany. This lifetime experience not only did broaden her view in applied chemistry, but also inspired her to pursue MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London. Ranaporn combined her interest in chemical synthesis with energy issue and yielded an MSc thesis under a title of “Conjugated Polymer Luminescent Solar Concentrators”.

During 2011 to 2013, she gained work experience from both multinational company and local business with similar roles towards companies’ sustainable growth. Impressed with an experience from the 39th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP), Ranaporn decided to further her PhD study in Japan.
Research Title
Integrating 'hard' and 'soft' science in the perspective of technological transition: A case study to photovoltaic. (tentative)
Reserch Keywords
Photovoltaic, PV competitiveness, Grid parity, PV policy
Research Interests
Divided into two main cores, the hard-science and the soft-science of photovoltaic (PV) will be studies. The hard-science part will involve with scientific research in PV. Due to my background in chemistry, a topic of ‘polymers for solar cell applications’ is likely to be my focus. The soft-science part will involve with both social- and environmental-related issues. The studies of PV competitiveness, particularly in the perspective of grid-parity and solar policies, will be included.
[1] Tantiwechwuttikul, R. (2011) Vertical Solar Cells. [Presentation] The Falling Walls Lab 2010, Berlin, Germany, 8th November. [2] Tantiwechwuttikul, R., Heeney, M. J. & Chatten, A. J. (2011) Conjugated Polymer Luminescent Solar Concentrators. [Poster presentation] The 14th Asian Chemical Congress (14ACC), Bangkok, Thailand, 5th-8th September. [3] Androu, E., Dixon, A., Hetier, G., Martin, S., Moses, A., Pineda, I., Schofield, J. & Tantiwechwuttikul, R. (2010) Solar Energy Technologies. The future is already here: latest capabilities, developments and applications. [Presentation] Sustainable Energy Future Conference 2010, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 29th September.
Association of the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth of Thailand (ASSEAY Thailand)