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Dr. Sameera R. Gunatilake


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email   : ranmal@ichemc.edu.lk
Phone : +94 11 2861653
Office  : Room# 416

Senior Lecturer


Education

PhD – Mississippi State University, USA
Graduateship in Chemistry – College of Chemical Sciences, Sri Lanka

Research Interests

Development of novel methods for the analysis of residue contaminants including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors.

Environmental monitoring for small organic molecules, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals.

Pre and post modification of bio-char produced from different bio-masses.

Utilization of bio-char for water remediation and applications of bio-char as agricultural soil amendments.

Teaching Areas

Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Education

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Research interests of Dr. Ranmal’s group are in the general areas of environmental analytical chemistry. His main focus is on the analysis of trace level organic contaminants including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and endocrine disruptors in environmental matrices. He is interested in developing novel analytical methods for the residue analysis of small organic contaminants in the environment. Another key research interest of his research group is the utilization of bio-char in water remediation and agricultural applications through the preparation of pre-modified and post-modified bio-char from different bio masses. Further he is interested in the utilization of chemically modified bio-char as agricultural soil amendments for a given crop at given soil conditions. The main objectives of this study is to prevent leaching of soil nutrients while minimizing the uptake of toxic heavy metal by plants.