Elastomer Technology and Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Technology
University of Twente
P.O. box 217
7500 AE Enschede
Kannika Sahakaro, PhD
Kannika Sahakaro studied Rubber Technology at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand and received her BSc. degree in 1994. She then spent a full year working in the rubber industry. She joined Prince of Songkla University (PSU) in 1996 working as an instructor before taking leave to pursue her postgraduate education. She finished her MSc. degree in Polymer Science and Technology at University of Manchester, England in 1998. Subsequently, she obtained her PhD degree at University of Leeds, England in 2002 with a PhD thesis entitled “Aspects of Science and Technology of Living Polymerization Processes” under a supervision of Prof. Anthony F. Johnson. After her PhD, she returned to Thailand to work as a lecturer at PSU.
In 2004, she spent a year working as a Post-doc in the group of Prof. J. W. M. Noordermeer at University of Twente (UT) under the research project entitled “Investigations on blending, reinforcement and curing in NR/BR/EPDM compounds for tire sidewall applications”.
From 2008, she works 1-3 months a year in the Department of Elastomer Technology and Engineering (ETE) under a joint project between UT and PSU, sponsored by the Netherlands Natural Rubber Foundation (Rubber Stichting) and industry. For the rest of her time, she continues her work at PSU in Thailand. The collaboration between UT and PSU is based on a PhD Double Degree Program, for which 5 PhDs have been already graduated. The output of the joint research projects is very satisfactory in terms of both publications and potential applications in rubber industry. New projects are underway.
Her key research area/interests are: natural rubber related applications, silica-reinforced elastomers, elastomer blends; chemical modification of elastomers.
Contact address in Thailand: Department of Rubber Technology and Polymer Science
Faculty of Science and Technology, Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus 94000 Thailand
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