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Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh (Tik)



Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh (his colleagues call him “Tik’ for short) was born in Bangkok, Thailand and happily lived there for the next 13 years prior to attending Thammasat University.  After graduation, he pursued Master’s and doctoral research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Auburn University, and Virginia Tech. Next, he joined the Joint BioEnergy Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National lab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. At Joint BioEnergy Institute, he developed catalytic strategies to depolymerize lignin and introduced a general framework to control reactive intermediates and product selectivities. In the Fall of 2015, Tik joined the faculty at the University of Louisville. His research interests focus on developing porous materials as catalysts to produce clean energy and sustainable materials from waste polymers - biomass and plastics. He uses spectroscopies and quantum calculations to help design catalytic materials and processes. These interests lie at the interface of physical chemistry, materials science, and process development. His work enables a transition to a clean energy economy, creates environmental sustainability jobs, mitigates GHG emissions, and supports rural economies. Outside the lab, Tik enjoys biking, swimming, hiking, and drinking beer---sorry Kentucky. It is not Bourbon!


2015                              Postdoctoral fellow, Joint BioEnergy Institute

                                      Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

2011                              PhD, BioSystems Engineering

                                      Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

2007                              MS, Chemical Engineering & Applied Economics

                                      Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

1999                              BS, Chemical Engineering

                                      Thammasat University, Thailand


2022                              CAREER Award, NSF

2021                              Teaching Excellence Award, University of Louisville

2012 - 2015                   Industrial Partnership Awards, Joint BioEnergy Institute

2008 - 2011                   ICTAS fellowships, Virginia Tech

Current group members

Napat Lertthanaphol (PhD student)


Napat (Mac) completed his B.S./M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Mahidol University in 2022. Currently, He is working toward his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering. His project involves fast-charging batteries. When not in the lab, he enjoyed singing.



2022                              MS, Chemical Engineering

                                      Mahidol University, Thailand

2020                              BS, Chemical Engineering

                                      Mahidol University, Thailand

Colin Suttles (MEng student)

Colin completed his B.S. in chemical engineering at the University of Louisville in 2018. He is working on his MS in Chemical Engineering. His project involves the upgrading of natural gas (methane, ethane,  and propane). 


Michael Willis (MEng student)

Michael completed his B.S. in chemical engineering at the University of Louisville in 2018. Currently, he is working on his MS in Chemical Engineering. His project involves the upgrading of plastic wastes and lignocellulose using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). 

Past group members

Ph.D. students

1) Dr. Md. Anwar Hossain (PhD, 2022)

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Argonne Nat'l Lab (IL, USA)

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2) Dr. Mohammad Shahinur Rahaman (PhD, 2022)

Current position: Analytical scientist, Thermo Fisher (SC, USA)

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M.S. students

1. Seth Mains (MEng, 2021)

2. Yuehan Zhou (MEng, 2021)

B.S. students

1. Kyle Mills (Undergraduate student, 2021)

Current position: undecided


2. Ashten Molley (Undergraduate student, 2021)

Current position: Associate researcher, Clariant Corp. (KY, USA)


Postdoc and visiting scholars

1. Dr. Sarttrawut Tulaphol (Visiting scholar, 2017)

    Current position: Lecturer at the King Mongkut’s                University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand)

2. Dr. Thanh Khoa Phung (Postdoc, 2018)

    Current position: Lecturer, International University -            Vietnam National University (Vietnam)

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