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Geology

Name

Prof. N.W.B. Balasooriya

Professor in Geology

B.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. (INPG)

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About Me

I am a conscientious, enthusiastic, and highly motivated person who is reliable, responsible, and hardworking and flexible within the working environment, and able to adapt quickly and positively to challenging situations while remaining calm, focused, and positive. That will allow me to grow professionally, while being able to utilize my skills for the betterment of the organization and more flexibility to face new challenges with the best use of my dedication, determination, and resourcefulness.

Positions Held

Chairman/Board of Study of Earth Sciences, PGIS, University of Peradeniya - (24.04.2020 to Date)

Coordinator of the Faculty Quality Assurance Committee - (28.02.2021 to Date)

Senior Treasurer/ Buddhist Brotherhood Society, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya - (Nov.2017 to Date)

Proctor, University of Peradeniya - (15.01.2019 to 31.12.2020)

Activity Coordinator-AHEAD/ICE Grant, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya - (July 2018 to Date)

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Member/Board of Management of the PGIS, University of Peradeniya - (10.06.2020 to Date)

Secretary-Board of Study of Earth Sciences, PGIS, University of Peradeniya - (23.10.2017 -24.04.2020)

Deputy Proctor, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya - (01.03.2017 -15.01.2019)

Director, Internal Quality Assurance Unit, (IQAU) , South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.11.2015 - 31.12.2016)

Coordinator for Research Promotion Cell, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (08.07.2014 - 07.07.2015)

Chairman/ Curriculum Development Committee, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (Oct. 2015 - 31.01.2016)

Academic Advisor, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014)

Subject Co-ordinator /Earth Science,Dept. of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.01.2014 - 31.01.2016)

Activity Co-ordinator, B.Sc. Degree Programme – Faculty of Applied Sciences, Quality and Innovation Grant ( QIG), HETC Project, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.01.2013 - 31.12.2016)

Proctor, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013)

Team Leader/ Quality and Innovation Grant ( QIG), South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, HETC Project - (01.08.2011 - 31.12.2013)

Career Guidance Advisor, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.01.2012 - 31.12.2012)

Student Counsellor, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.01.2012 - 01.12.2012)

Member of Proposal Writing Committee for Quality and Innovation Grant ( QIG), HETC Project, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (10.08.2011 - 10.08.2012)

Senior Student Counsellor, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.01.2011 - 01.12.2011)

Team Member, Writing the proposal for Strengthening soft skills under the HETC / UDG, SEUSL - (2010 - 2011)

Member of the Exam Disciplinary Committee , South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (2009 - 2010)

Secretary/ Curriculum Development Committee, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (15.07.2009 - 15.07.2012)

Student Counsellor, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.09.2009 - 31.12.2010)

Co-ordinator for External Degree, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.03.2009 - 31.12.2010)

Head of the Department of Physical Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (18.03. 2008 - 17.03.2011)

Senate Member, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (18.03. 2008 - 17.03.2011)

Acting Head/ Dept. of Physical Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (18.02.2008 - 17.03.2008)

Subject Co-ordinator /Earth Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (01.05.2005 - 31.12.2007)

Senate Member (Faculty Nominee), South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (22.03.2007 - 17.03.2008)

Ongoing Research and Projects

Petrological and Mineralogical Characteristics of Weathered Carbonatites at Eppawala, Sri Lanka

AHEAD/ICE Grant

Economic potential of red earth deposits in the north and northwestern coastal belt of Sri Lanka

AHEAD/DOR Grant

Development of Sri Lankan graphite for Li Ion Batteries

Technological Application of Vein Graphite

Memberships & Awards

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Vice Chancellor’s Awards -2016 - The Most Outstanding Recipient of External Research Grants, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oct. 2016

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Vice Chancellor’s Awards -2016 - The Most Outstanding Researcher, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oct. 2016

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Presidential Awards for Research for a Research Article Published in International Scientific Journal, 2006 ( J. Phys.Chem Solids, 67:1213-1217, 2006), 2010

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Young Geoscientist – P.G. Cooray medal by the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) for the most outstanding contribution for the field of Geo Science in Sri Lanka, 2002

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Charted Geologist

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Joint Editor of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL for the year 2016/2017 and 2017/2018

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Secretary of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL for the year 2015/2016)

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Member of the Institute of Geology ( IGSL): M0044

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Treasurer of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL for the year 2013/2014 and 2014/2015

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Life Member of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL)- LM 060

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Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (6239D-SLAAS)

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Member of the Institute of Chemistry (I. Chem)

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Member of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF), NASTEC

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Patent  - Method for preparing surface modified vein graphite through chemical oxidation, Sri Lanka Patent Application No. LK/P/1/18728 (17th Sept. 2018)

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Patent - Method of purification vein graphite by acid leaching to ultra-high purity, Sri Lanka Patent Application No. LK/P/1/18729 (17th Sept. 2018)

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Patent - Method of manufacturing Lithium Carbonate coated vein graphite anode for Lithium-ion Battery, Sri Lanka Patent Application No. LK/P/1/18730 (17th Sept. 2018)