The best Research Poster Award of the CCS Research Symposium was won by Ms. Nikhila Paranamana, who presented on the topic ‘Investigation of Plant Materials as Corrosion Inhibitors for Mild Steel’, a project in the stream of Electroanalytical Chemistry. Her research project was supervised by Professor K A S Pathiratne, Senior Lecturer, College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon and by the co-supervisor Professor N Priyantha, Director, PGIS, University of Peradeniya. The research bench work was carried out at CCS and at the Postgraduate Institute of Sciences (PGIS), University of Peradeniya laboratory premises. The main objective of the research was to find an effective environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor for mild steel in acid pickling solutions.
The CCS Research Symposium is held annually where students who have followed research projects as partial fulfillment of the requirements of the GIC programme, present their research outcomes. The sessions were held on 10th and 11th August 2017, at the Adamantane House. This year a Poster Session was also held followed by the Presentation Sessions, where both presenters and the other students were given a greater opportunity to actively take part and expand their knowledge. The best Poster Presentations were recognized and awarded.
Ms. Nikhila is currently a final year student following the Graduateship Programme in Chemistry at the College of Chemical Sciences and will be graduating as a Chemist on February 2018. While maintaining a good academic record she is engaged in extra-curricular activities as well. She is looking forward to joining CCS as a Teaching Assistant and to peruse her higher studies in Analytical Chemistry in the future.