CSEA Pioneer Award 2023: Prof. Dr. Supot Hannongbua

Professor Dr. Supot HANNONGBUA is a renowned computational chemist and materials scientist in Thailand. He earned his Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from Innsbruck University in Austria in 1985. Currently a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science in Chulalongkorn University, he has made significant contributions to the field.

Dr. Supot’s academic career is complemented by his administrative roles. He served as the President of the Science Society of Thailand under the Patronage of his Majesty the King, the Director of the Metallurgy and Material Science Research Institute and the Dean of the Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University. He is also a member of various boards, including the Office of the Education Council in Thailand, the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), the National Science Museum of Thailand, and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST). Currently as a member of the National Research and Innovation Committee, Supot actively contributes to shaping the research landscape and fostering innovation in the country.

Dr. Supot’s exceptional work has earned him numerous accolades. He has been recognized with the Young Scientist Award, the TWAS Prize for Young Scientists in Thailand, the National Award for the Distinguished Researcher in the Field of Physical Science and Mathematics, and the Outstanding Scientist. He has also received the TRF Senior Scholarship and the Most Cited TRF-Research Publication Award. In addition, he has been honored as an Outstanding Alumnus by KhonKaen University and the Faculty of S cience at Mahidol University. With over 205 publications in international journals, Supot’s research has had a global influence. His expertise in computational chemistry and materials science has expanded our understanding of these fields.

Beyond his academic pursuits, he is the founder of two successful startups, Siam Snail Company Ltd. and Unique Natural Company Ltd., which explore innovative and sustainable solutions based on fundamental scientific research. With a remarkable blend of academic excellence, leadership skills, entrepreneurial acumen, and a passion for scientific discovery, Professor Dr. Supot HANNONGBUA continues to be an influential figure in the scientific community. His contributions to research, education, and innovation have left an indelible mark on the scientific landscape, inspiring countless individuals to pursue excellence and explore the mysteries of the natural world.