Benjaporn Narupai

Graduate Student

Benjaporn Narupai was born in Singburi, Thailand. She attended Chulalongkorn University and graduated with honors, earning a B.S. in Chemistry. During her undergraduate shcool, she worked with Associate Professor Voravee P. Hoven to prepare protein patterning on polymer brushes of poly(N- acryloxysuccinimide-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate). She also participated in research internships with Professor Thomas J. McCarthy in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst preparing chemically patterned surfaces using photolithography and dip-coating crystallization to prepare patterns of surface-supported crystal arrays. Benjaporn received a fellowship from the Department and Promotion of Science and Technology Talents Project (DPST), a renowned Thai funding agency that provided a long-term scholarship to support students to pursue their studies up to Ph.D. in science. She began her doctoral work in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara under Professor Craig J. Hawker in the fall of 2013.


Benjaporn’s current research is focused on preparing three-dimensional polymer brush structure, studying chemical pattern and grafting density with visible light.