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Prof. (Mrs.) D. Nedra Karunaratne

Office Address : 

Department of Chemistry,
Faculty of Science,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya (20400),
Sri Lanka.

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Telephone : 
   +94 81 239 (4450)
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Educational /Professional Qualifications :

  • PhD :(British Columbia) 1985
  • BSc :(Chemistry Special) Hons. (Colombo). 1979

  • Positions Held (Selected) :

  • 2007 - 2010 Deputy Director, Examinations,Centre For Distance And Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya.
  • 2006 –2013 SECRETARY, Board of Study in Chemical Sciences, Post Graduate Institute of Science. Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • 2006 – 2008 COORDINATOR, M.Sc in Industrial Chemistry, Post Graduate Institute of Science. Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

  • Membership & Awards (Selected) :

  • Presidential award for research: 2002 (received in October 2008)
  • SUSRED award from the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka for supervision of a post graduate student- 2012
  • Life member, Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon
  • Life member, Sri Lanka Association for the advancement of Science
  • Research Interests :

  • My area of research is in drug delivery using nanomaterials capable of improving the effectiveness and safety of the drugs. My group has experimented on the use of liquid crystals as a novel carrier for efficient delivery. In addition, research in the area of natural products for the isolation of bioactive materials and characterization of coconut polysaccharides add to my other areas of interest.

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