Converting biomass into biogas, biofuel, value-added products
Natthiporn Aramrueang is a postdoctoral researcher in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. After completing her BSc at Mahidol University in Thailand, she received a scholarship from the Royal Thai government to pursue her master’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in biological systems engineering at UC Davis.
Aramrueang’s research has focused on discovering and developing methods and technology for converting varieties of biomass into biogas, biofuel and value-added products. She has worked with on collaborative projects with industries on research and development of biofuel conversion process, including commercial anaerobic digesters for biogas energy production and a demonstration plant for ethanol fermentation from sugar beet.
Note: This interview was conducted during Natthiporn Aramrueang’s tenure as a 2015/16 Business Development Fellow.
What’s important about your research—and where do you hope to take it?
My research interest is to discover and develop new methods and technology for production of renewable energy and value-added products, resource utilization and organic waste treatment.
What are you most passionate about in your work?
Through research work and collaboration projects with industry during my study at UC Davis, I am excited by the fact that out of all this green energy and biofuel research we are really making affordable, commercial products that are profitable and changing the world by making our community and environment cleaner and more resilient.
How will being in the Business Development Fellows program help you to change the world?
I believe the extensive experience and skills obtained from this program will allow me to leverage my technical skills so that I can make a more significant impact on bringing the beneficial findings from my research to business partners and end users.