Assoc. Prof. Taweechai Amornsakchai

Taweechai Amornsakchai is an Associate Professor at Mahidol University. With a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics, his research focuses on reinforcing plastics with pineapple leaf fiber and exploring pineapple stem starch for biodegradable packaging.

Taweechai Amornsakchai is an Associate Professor in the Polymer Science and Technology Program, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Chemistry from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in 1989, followed by a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from the University of Leeds, UK in 1994. Since 1994, he has served as a university lecturer. His research interests encompass the structure-property relationship in polymers, highly oriented polymers and fibers, natural fibers, composite and nanocomposite materials, and the circular economy of pineapple field waste. Currently, his focus lies in reinforcing plastics and rubbers with pineapple leaf fiber, as well as exploring the utilization of pineapple stem starch as an alternative material for biodegradable packaging.

Selected publications

  1. Amornsakchai, T.; Duangsuwan, S. Upcycling of HDPE Milk Bottles into High-Stiffness, High-HDT Composites with Pineapple Leaf Waste Materials. Polymers, 2023, 15(24), 4697.
  2. Duangsuwan, S.; Amornsakchai, T., Phinyocheep, P.; Thanawan, S. Achieving High-Performance Green Composites from Pineapple Leaf Fiber−Poly(butylene succinate) through Both Fiber Alignment and Matrix Orientation across the Thickness, ACS Omega, 2023, 8 (39), 35693–35705.
  3. Tessanan, W.; Phinyocheep, P.; Amornsakchai, T. Development of Biodegradable Thermosetting Plastic Using Dialdehyde Pineapple Stem Starch. Polymers 202315, 3832.
  4. Amornsakchai, T.; Duangsuwan, S.; Mougin, K.; Goh, K.L. Comparative Study of Flax and Pineapple Leaf Fiber Reinforced Poly(butylene succinate): Effect of Fiber Content on Mechanical Properties. Polymers 202315, 3691.
  5. Klinthoopthamrong, N.; Thanawan, S.; Schrodj, G.; Mougin, K.; Goh, K.-L.; Amornsakchai, T. Synergistic Toughening of Epoxy Composite with Cellulose Nanofiber and Continuous Pineapple Leaf Fiber as Sustainable Reinforcements. Nanomaterials 202313, 1703.
  6. Thongphang, C.Namphonsane, A.Thanawan, S., ...Smith, S.M.Amornsakchai, T. Toward a Circular Bioeconomy: Development of Pineapple Stem Starch Composite as a Plastic-Sheet Substitute for Single-Use Applications. Polymers2023, 15(10), 2388.
  7. Surajarusarn, B., Thaiwattananon, S., Thanawan, S., Mougin, K., Amornsakchai, T., “Realising the Potential of Pineapple Leaf Fiber as Green and High-performance Reinforcement for Natural Rubber Composite with Liquid Functionalized Rubber”. Fibers Polym. 22(9), 2543–2551 (2021).
  8. Surajarusarn, B., Hajjar-Garreau, S., Schrodj, G., Mougin, K., Amornsakchai, T., “Comparative study of pineapple leaf microfiber and aramid fiber reinforced natural rubbers using dynamic mechanical analysis”, Polym. Test. 82, 106289 (2020).
  9. Nakthong, N., Wongsagonsup, R., Amornsakchai, T., “Characteristics and potential utilizations of starch from pineapple stem waste”, Ind. Crops Prod., 105, 74-82 (2017).
  10. Nopparut, A., Amornsakchai, T., “Influence of Pineapple Leaf Fiber and It’s Surface Treatment on Molecular Orientation in, and Mechanical Properties of, Injection Molded Nylon Composites”, Polym. Test., 52, 141–149 (2016).
  11. Prukkaewkanjana, K., Thanawan, S., Amornsakchai, T., “High performance hybrid reinforcement of nitrile rubber using short pineapple leaf fiber and carbon black”, Polym. Test., 45, 76-82 (2015).
  12. Kengkhetkit, N., and Amornsakchai, T., “A new approach to ‘‘Greening’’ plastic composites using pineapple leaf waste for performance and cost effectiveness”, Mater. Des., 55, 292-299 (2014).
  13. Kengkhetkit, N., and Amornsakchai, T., “Utilisation of Pineapple Leaf Waste for Plastic Reinforcement: 1.  A Novel Extraction Method for Short Pineapple Leaf Fiber”, Ind. Crops Prod., 40, 55-61 (2012).
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