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Postgraduate Research

The research capabilities of the College of Chemical Sciences was recently expanded so as to enable postgraduate research in addition to the undergraduate research work. Through this scheme the College of Chemical Sciences opens its doors to prospective research students to conduct their research project at the College and utilized all the resources which we possess. Not only that, the College also provides research funding through a scheme of competitive grants to promising research candidates.

Postgraduate level research is conducted in collaboration with external academic entities where the students are enrolled for postgraduate degrees in Sri Lankan State Universities and the College of Chemical Sciences provides them access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and other requires physical resource as well as funding. This scheme provides the students the opportunity to work with a member of our distinguished academic staff who represent the finest chemists in Sri Lankan tertiary education system.

We offer students a selection of research areas in the chemical sciences for postgraduate studies with our major research strengths in the areas of Bio-fuel and Renewable Energy, Computational Chemistry, Applied Analytical Chemistry, and Natural Product Chemistry.

Research Grants offered by the IChemC

Grant Number Principal Investigator Project Title Status Name of RA
2017-1 Dr. Chinthaka Ratnaweera Identification of novel Linamarin analogs as potent anticancer drugs through a Computational Chemistry study. Ongoing

Mr. Senal Dinuka

2017-2 Dr. Dinusha Udukala Evaluation of semiochemicals present both in the host plant (brinjal) leucinodes orbonalis and brinjal fruit and shoot borer (BFSB) in Sri Lanka. Ongoing Ms. M S Fathima Nusra
2016-1 Dr. Sameera R. Gunatilake Enhancing crop productivity and minimize toxic heavy metal uptake of four economically important agricultural plants in Sri Lanka using tea waste bio char Ongoing  Ms. Chaturi Peiris
2015-1 Dr. R. Pathipan A study of absorption of toxic elements; Cd, As, Cr, Pb and Hg in selected rice varieties (Oryza sativa L.) in relation to their status in two different management systems. Completed

(M. Phil)

N.M.C.M. Navarathana,

GIC (Upper Second)

2014-1 Dr. (Ms) Gobika Thiripuranather Evaluation of bioactive compounds in pulp and byproducts of different mango varieties from Sri Lanka. Completed
(M. Phil)
Ms. Anoosheeya Kugansan,
A.I. Chem. C (Graduate Chemist)(Upper Second)
2013-1 Dr. U.S.K. Welwegamage Preparation analysis and applications of semi-synthetic biofuels originating from natural fatty acids Completed (research) Ms. P H Gamage
2013-1 Dr. (Mrs) C. Udawtte Coumarin derived inhibitors for human DNA topoisomerase I and II: in silico approach Completed
(M. Phil)
Ms. A G Guruge
BSc. (Sp. Computational Chemistry) (Colombo

NSF Research Grants received.




Dr. U S K Weliwegamage


Production of bioethanol as a renewable energy source using microbial fermentation with some selected microbial species using economical substrates Completed Ms. R S Hewawasam

GIC (Upper Second)


NSF Research Equipment Grants received.


Grant Number Chief Investigator Equipment Status
RG/2017/EQ/01 Dr. Dinusha Udukala
Dr. T. Gobika
Dr. M. Infas
Dr. Sameera Ranmal
Prof. Priyani A. Paranagama
Freeze Dryer Received
RG/2016/EQ-HS/01 Prof. K. A. S. Pathiratne Microwave Digester Received