Ratchawit Janewithayapun

February 9, 2023
Ratchawit Janewithayapun

Faculty of chemical engineering Thamasart university

I began my studies at RBIS in Year 1 and had a wonderful experience throughout my studies up to the IGCSE level. I had the chance to get to know pretty much everyone in the school; from the seniors and juniors to the teachers and staff, the school’s smaller size meant there was a chance to know everyone. The football tournaments we took part in between Year 7 and Year 9 were some of the most fun I’ve ever had. On the academic side, I had excellent teachers who inspired and guided me through my first steps into the field of science.

I went on to study Chemical Engineering at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University, before pursuing a master's degree at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. After working briefly as a chemist, I returned to Chalmers to start a PhD degree in applied chemistry. Now, I am researching mechanisms behind chemical modifications that allow us to make melt-processable plastics from plant polymers such as cellulose. Some of the most exciting parts of the research are the experiments I get to perform at the large-scale neutron and synchrotron facilities in Europe. These particle accelerators can be as big as a football field and are an absolute wonder to visit.