PPC Story

PPC Story

The discovery of natural reserves in the Gulf of Thailand in the 1980s leads to the demand for qualified manpower to work in petroleum, petrochemical, and related industries. Realizing this need, in 1988, the Petroleum and Petrochemical College (PPC), Chulalongkorn University was established.

The PPC started with its own uniqueness as an international graduate program with academic partnership from three U.S. universities – the University of Michigan, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Oklahoma. The collaboration was extended to cover Ph.D. programs in Petrochemical Technology and Polymer Science. In 2002, the College introduced another International M.S. Program in Petroleum Technology with the fourth partner, the Institut Français du Pétrole in France.

The achievement of the student education with the significant number of high impact international publications, PPC received the recognition in the academia and industries locally and globally.
The PPC is now going further with the national and international records;

  • the 1st in Research, awarded by Ministry of Education in 2006
  • the 2nd in Teaching awarded by, and the
  • 5 full score (Thailand Research Fund Index, in Material and Polymer Technology, 2009, and 2011)
  • 1,800 M.S. graduates in 27 years
  • 200 Ph.D. graduates in 25 years
  • 1,500 international publications (Average Impact Factor 3.1)
  • 11 full Professors (among 22 Faculty members).

With this success, PPC is now engaging research with industries through the collaborative research projects, involving with the country’s national Agenda, especially Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy, and expanding academic partnership from Petro-refinery to Bio-refinery.

In academic partnership with


From The Establishment to International Program under Academic Partnership with CWRU, UM, and OU

Assoc. Prof. Kamchad Mongkolkul
Director: (1988-1992)

  • 22 Sep 1988
Starting a new concept of international graduate school program with partnership universities. Professors come to teach each course (1 month module) at PPC.
  • 1991
Scholarships for all students from Petrochemical related Industries (e.g. NPC, TPC, HMC, TPE, TPI, Thai Oil, ESSO, Shell, BST etc.)
  • 1992
Three Academic Partnership Universities, i.e. The University of Michigan (UM), Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and The University of Oklahoma (OU)
PPC: The Start of Petrochemical Technology and Polymer Science International Programs

Prof. Somchai Osuwan
Director: (1992-2000)

  • 1992
  • Running ULDP project (1 M$) (University Linkage Development Project) for exchanging students and professors among PPC and three partnership universities supported by USAID for 5 years (1993-1997)
  • Purchasing instrument and laboratory set up
  • The 1st class (39 students) recruitment
  • 1993
  • The 1st Steering Committee
  • *The 1st PPC poster presentation
  • The 1st M.S. graduate class
  • 1997
  • Starting of Ph.D. Program
  • MUA-ADB Project
PPC: International Program in Petroleum Technology with IFP and the COE in Petrochemical Technology

Assoc. Prof. Kunchana Bunyakiat
Director: (2000-2004)

  • 2000
  • MUA-ADB : 1.2 m$
  • 2001
  • MOU with Kagoshima University, Japan
  • 2002
  • Another partnership Institut français du pétrole, IFP, for the new Petroleum Technology Program
  • MOU with Osaka University, and Toyota Technological Institute, Japan
  • 2003
  • The 1st ICAPP 2003
PPC: Step to Collaborative Research with Industries

Assoc. Prof. Nantaya Yanumet
Director: (2004-2008)

  • 2005
  • PPC 5-7 Fl. CU Research Building
  • 2006
  • The 1st in Research and 2nd in Teaching by Office of Higher Education, Ministry of Education
  • 96 MB for Advanced Instruments
  • MOU with Kansai University, Japan
  • 2007
  • ICAPPP 2007
  • 2008
  • MOU with Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
  • TRF index 5.0 Excellence in material technology, polymer technology
  • Opening PPC research floors (5th -7th at CU Research Building)
PPC: Enhancing Faculty’s Activities

Asst. Prof. Pomthong Malakul Na Ayudhaya
Dean: (2008-2016)

  • 2011
  • TRF index 5.0 Excellence in material technology, polymer technology
  • 2012
  • MOU with Inha University,Korea
  • MOU with University of Fribourg
  • 2014
  • MOU with Ho Chi Minh City, University of Technology, Vietnam and Islamic University of Indonesia
  • Plasma laboratory with Nagoya University
  • 2015
  • MOU with Bayreuth University (Germany)
PPC: From National Visibility to International Visibility

Prof. Suwabun Chirachanchai
Dean: (2016-present)

  • 2014
MOU with Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
  • 2017
  • MOU with Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and with Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research, Germany
  • CU-Japan Southeast Asia Collaboration Hub Bioplastic Workshop
  • 2018