Asia’s Rising Scientists: Pussana Hirunsit of NANOTEC

Pussana Hirunsit uses molecular simulations to understand and identify nanocatalysts that can be used to convert carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuel.

AsianScientist (Jun. 29, 2018) – There are no simple solutions to the problem of climate change, but methods to lower the levels of atmospheric carbon are critical if we are to ensure a sustainable future. At her lab at the National Nanotechnology Center within the National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand, Dr. Pussana Hirunsit is using molecular simulations to discover and develop catalysts that convert carbon dioxide—produced in large amounts during manufacturing and the burning of fossil fuels—into chemicals and renewable energy sources. Her research also reveals fundamental insights into the electroreduction of carbon dioxide by a variety of nanomaterials.