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Muenduen Phisalaphong

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering
Floor 10, Building 4
Faculty of Engineering
Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Tel: 662.218.6875
Fax: 662.218.6877


Ph.D (Chemical Engineering), Colorado State University, USA, 1996-1999
M.Sc (Chemical Engineering), Lehigh University, USA, 1994-1996
M.Eng (Chemical Engineering), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 1986-1989
B.Sc (Biotechnology), Kasetsart University, Thailand, 1982-1986


Honors and Awards
Royal Thai Government Scholarship (1986-89): Master degree study in Chemical Engineering Thailand
Outstanding Research Award (1989): Research for M. Eng work, Chulalongkorn University
Royal Thai Government Scholarship (1994-1999): Master degree and PhD study in Chemical Engineering (Biochemical Engineering) in USA
Excellent Research Award (2008):  the Ratchadapisek Somphot Endowment, Chulalongkorn  University


Research Group
- Biochemical Engineering


Research Interests
Biochemical Engineering, Biomaterial


Major Publications

1. Phisalaphong, M. and Linden, J.C., Ethylene and methyl jasmonate interaction and induction models for elicited biosynthetic steps of Paclitaxel in suspension cultures of Taxus canadensis, in: A.K. Kanellis, C. Chang, H., Klee, A.B. Bleecker, J.C. Pech, D. Grierson (Eds.), Biology and Biotechnology of the Plant Hormone Ethylene, Kluwer Academic Publishers, , Dordrecht, The Netherlands, (1999) 85-94.
2. Phisalaphong, M. and Linden, J.C., Kinetic Studies of Paclitaxel Production by Taxus canadensis Culture in Batch and Semi-Continuous with Total Cell Recycle, Biotechnology Progress, 15 (1999) 1072-1077.
3. Linden, J.C. and Phisalaphong, M., Oligosaccharides potentiate methyl jasmonate-induced production of paclitaxel in Taxus canadensis, Plant Science, 158 (2000) 41-51.
4. Linden, J.C., Haigh, J.R., Mirjalili, N.and Phisaphalong, M,.Gas concentration effects on secondary metabolite production by plant cell cultures, in: T. Scheper et al. (Eds.), Advances in Biochemical Engineering/ Biotechnology, Plant Cells, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany, 72 (2001) 27–62.
5. Phisalaphong, M. and Kingkaew, J., Re-Use of Stillage in the Alcohol Production Process, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 3 (2001) 1803-1808.
6. Phisalaphong, M. and Muangnapoh, C., Application of Microfiltration for Improved Productivity in Continuous Acetone- Butanol Fermentation, KKU Engineering Journal, 30 (1) (2003) 37- 48.
7. Phisalaphong, M. and Muangnapoh, C., Reverse Osmosis for the Concentration of Organic Solvents from Acetone-Butanol Fermentation broth, KKU Engineering Journal, Vol. 30 (2) (2003) 89- 102.
8. Phisalaphong, M., Sriratana, N. and Tanthapanichakoon, W., Mathematical Modeling to Investigate Temperature Effect on Kinetic Parameters of Ethanol Fermentation, Biochemical Engineering Journal, 28 (1), (2006) 36-43. 9. Phisalaphong, M., Thu Ha, N.T. and Siripong, P. Desalting of aqueous extract of acanthus ebracteatus Vahl. by nanofiltration Separation Science and Technology 41 (3), (2006) 455-470.
10. Sanchavanakit, N., Sangrungraungroj, W., Kaomongkolgit, R., Banaprasert, T., Pavasant, P. and Phisalaphong, M. Growth of human keratinocytes and fibroblasts on bacterial cellulose film Biotechnology Progress 22, (2006) 1194-1199. 11. Senger, R.S., Phisalaphong, M., Karim, M.N., Linden, J.C. Development of a culture sub-population induction model: Signaling pathways synergy and taxanes production by Taxus Canadensis. Biotechnology Progress, (2006), 22 (6), 1671-1682.
12. Phisalaphong, M., Budiraharjo,R., Bangrak, P., Mongkolkajit, J., Limtong S. Alginate-Loofa as Carrier Matrix for Ethanol Production. J. Bioscience Bioengineering, (2007), 104 (3), pp. 214–217.
13. Phisalaphong, M., Suwanmajo, T., Sangtherapitikul P., Novel Nanoporous Membranes from Regenerated Bacterial Cellulose. J. Applied Polymer Science, (2008) 107, 292-299.
14. Phisalaphong, M., Suwanmajo, T., Thamarat P., Synthesis and Characterization of Bacterial Cellulose/ Alginate Blend Membrane. J. Applied Polymer Science, (2008) 107, 3419-3424.
15. Boonkird, S., Phisalaphong, C., Phisalaphong, M. Ultrasound-assisted extraction of capsaicinoids from Capsicum frutescens on a lab- and pilot-plant scale, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry (2008) 15 (6), 1075-1079.

16. Phisalaphong, M., Jatupaiboon, N. Biosynthesis and characterization of bacteria cellulose-chitosan film, Carbohydrate Polymers (2008) 74(3), 482-488.


1. Phisalaphong, M., Linden, J.C. and Karim, M.N., Metabolic Manipulation of Taxus canadensis for Taxol production, The 5th Asia-Pacific Biochemical Engineering Conference, Phuket, Thailand, 1999.
2. Sriratana, N., Phisalaphong, M. and Tanthapanichakoon, W., Mathematical modeling for ethanol fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae, China International Renewable Energy Exhibition and Conference, REAsia, Beijing, China, 2004.
3. Phisalaphong, M., Loetsrimongkhon, T., Hempenstall, C. and Cruz J.D., Re-use of cane molasses alcohol stillage in single cell protein production by fed-batch reactor, Regional symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE), Bangkok, Thailand , December 2004.
4. Chantawongvuti R. and Phisalaphong, M., Isolation of polysaccharide from Aloe vera gel by precipitation, Regional symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE), Bangkok, Thailand, December 2004.
5. Budiraharjo, R., Phisalaphong, M., Loofa reinforced alginate carriers for ethanol fermentation by flocculating yeast, Regional symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE), Singapore, December 2006.
6. Bangrak P, Mongkolkajit J, Budiraharjo R, Phisalaphong M., “Development of Entrapment-Loofa Matrix
Carrier for Ethanol Production”, the 17 th Thailand Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Conference, Chiangmai, Thailand, October 2007.

7. Saibuatong O.1, Sangrungraungroj W.1, Sanchavanakit N.2, Phisalaphong M. 2007. Biosynthesis and characterization of bacterial cellulose. The 17th Thailand Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Conference (TIChE). Chiangmai, Thailand, October 2007.

8 Sanchavanakit, N., Phisalaphong, P., Chiewprakopkit, N. and Pavasant, P., Biocompatibility of alginate
modified bacterial cellulose on human keratinocytes, International Association for Dental Research South-East Asian Division (IADR/SEA) 21stAnnual Meeting, Indonesia, September 2007.

9. Kanjanamosit, N., Muangnapoh, C., Phisalaphong, M. Biosynthesis and Characterization of Bacterial Cellulose-Alginate Membrane. The 18 th Thailand Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Conference (TIChE). Pattaya Thailand, October 2008.

10. Mongkolkajit, J., Pullsirisombat, J., Prichanont, S., Tantayakom, V., Prasitchoke, P., Phisalaphong, M.
ɣ-Alumina Doped Alginate Gel for Cell Immobilization in Fermentation Processes, Regional symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2008.
11. Sawangpanya, N., Phisalaphong, M. Immobilization of Lipase on CaCO3 and Entrapment in Calcium Alginate Bead for Application in Biodiesel Production, Regional symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2008.