PSU congratulates students of Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, for winning second place at Mitr Phol Bio Innovator Awards 2016: Innovative thinking for future change. The team, known as “Sao Noi Oy Kwun”, consists of Ms. Hathaichanok Choonet, Ms. Sirinat Mahawong, Ms. Pemika Saeng-wichien, and Mr. Piyamit Tuamsri, advised by Dr. Laemthong Chuenchom, won the awards for “Wastewater treatment using sugarcane bagasse-based activated carbon”.
The innovation of sugarcane bagasse-based activated carbon aimed to resolve issues presented by the Factory Act of 1992, Section 4, which currently limits industrial factories to use Activated Carbon to treat their wastewater. Activated Carbon creates pollution, incurs high-cost, cannot be easily separated from industrial waste, and is time-consuming. The biomass innovation that uses sugarcane bagasse-based activated carbon, which is a magnetic carbon that treats wastewater through Hydrothermal Carbonization (HTC), provides just the opposite effects – low-cost, simple production without using chemicals, recycling waste product from sugar production, environmentally-friendly, sustainable, effective, and easy to separate by using external magnetic field.
The contest highlights creation of knowledge and continuation of Thai youth empowerment and facilitates transfer of experience and skills from biomass economics operators as well as knowledge from many expert speakers to the young participants. Moreover, the twelve finalists with distinctive achievements are qualified to apply for scholarships, valued in total of 1 million-baht, with Mitr Phol Group to further their continuing study and research effort at home or abroad, with hope to maximize Thai youth’s potential to compete at the global level.