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University of Peradeniya

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University of Peradeniya

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Recent News and Events

Diaspores of Pera - Virtual Speaker Series
Fungal Dimorphism: the switch from hyphae to yeast

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Congratulations to Prof. R.M. Gamini Rajapakse on having four consecutive cover art submissions accepted for prestigious journals! 

The latest research work by Prof. R.M. Gamini Rajapakse and collaborators titled “Impact of 4-Tertiary-butylpyridine in Imidazolium Iodide/Triiodide Redox Couple-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells” was published in the prestigious journal “ACS Applied Energy Materials” and made it to the cover page of the journal!

This is Prof. Gamini Rajapakse’s fourth consecutive cover art in High Index journals.

Congratulations on your well-deserved achievement!

“ආකලන” : Monthly Departmental Event on POSTIVE THINKING

“ආකලන”: Monthly departmental event on POSTIVE THINKING for academic and non- academic staff members of the Department of Chemistry.

With an intention to boost up the mental health, unity, friendship, teamwork, and the wellbeing of the academic and non-academic staff of the Department, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, we the Department of Chemistry will commence a monthly event named “ආකලන”.

දේශනය - 01
දිනය : 2021-08-27 9:30 - 10:30
තේමාව: “කොවිඩ් වසංගතය තුල යහපත් ජීවන රටාවක් උදෙසා”
Zoom Link: https://learn.zoom.us/j/65844732792?pwd=SWMzNWsxYVFabzJ2TWFWY3BFRG1jQT09
Meeting ID: 658 4473 2792
Password: #6Gk*$qm

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The Opening of Sedimentology Research Laboratory

The new state-of the art “Sedimentology Research Laboratory” of the Department of Geology was declared Open by the Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake on 30th July, 2021. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Parakrama Karunaratne, The Dean – Faculty of Science, Prof. Saluka Kodituwakku, The Director-OTS, Prof. Ruwan Jayasinghe, The Heads of the Departments of the Faculty of Science and the Academic and Non-academic staff members of the Faculty of Science were participated at the opening ceremony. The newly established Research laboratory is equipped with modern laboratory instruments worth around Rs. 25 million rupees and the project was funded by the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operation of the Ministry of Higher Education funded by the World Bank.

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The Opening Ceremony of the Renovated Administration block, Faculty of Science

The renovated Administration block was ceremonially opened by the Professor Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice -Chancellor of the University on the 2nd of July 2021. Professor S.H.P.P. Karunaratne; Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor S.R. Kodituwakku; Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. HMTGA Pitawala, Director/PGIS, Heads of Departments, Directors of the Units, Administrative staff and Non -Academic Staff members of the Office of the Dean were present at this occasion. Read More

Virtual Speaker Series - July 2021

Please join us for the Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya Virtual Speaker Series this Sunday, July 03, at 10:00 a.m. for the seminar titled "The Role of Sustainability in Textile and Apparel Industry" by Ms. Chathuri Edirisinghe, Assistant Manager (Sustanability) at Noyon Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

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iPURSE Pre-Conference Webinar No. 5 - "One Health & Nature-Based Solutions"

5th iPURSE Pre-Conference Webinar will be held on Friday,18th June 2021 from 3pm to 5pm (Sri Lanka) (GMT +05:30).

Title of the Webinar : "One Health & Nature-Based Solutions"

Presentation Topics and Speakers :

  • Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainable Development and Resilience
    - by Dr. Ananda Mallawatantri (Country Representative, IUCN Sri Lanka)
  • One Health: Connecting Humans, Animals and the Environment
    - by Prof. Suzanne Lenhart (Chancellor's Professor,
    Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee, USA)

Moderator: Prof. Rupika Rajakaruna (Professor of Applied Zoology, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)

Organized by: iPURSE Technical Programme Committee of Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the International Relations Office (InRO) of the University of Peradeniya

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With an intention to help our students identify the SCIENTIST in them, we, the Department of Chemistry, University of Peradeniya will commence a departmental seminar series named " INSPIRE" inviting renowned academics and researchers to share their knowledge, expertise, and experience with the students of the Department of Chemistry/Faculty of Science.

The first half of this new seminar series will feature webinars/seminars from senior academic staff members and emeritus professors from the Department of Chemistry to recognize the valuable contributions they’ve made to our department, university, and the world of science.

The rest of the seminar series will include webinars/seminars from invited speakers from all over the world from renowned academic and research institutions/industries, to explore their research and expertise with our students and staff. This will be a great opportunity for our students to get exposure and insight into world-class research culture. This will also allow our students to make connections with the academic/research leaders, which will surely benefit them when they apply for higher studies.

Therefore, we kindly invite you all to participate in our seminar series, which will begin on the 17th of June 2021(details below). You are feel free to share the flyer attached herewith.

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An Environmentally-friendly, bio-degradable, low-cost and re-usable face mask to repel and destroy any aerosol particles containing the virus, blood or any other water-based stains has been developed by a team headed by Prof. RMG Rajapakse, Senior Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya. This is the first-time global invention of a face mask having these multifunctionalities.

Dr. Chaminda Herath, Consultant in Radiology and Technology of University of Peradeniya, Gayan Tilakaratne Postgraduate in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Niroshan Samarasinghe, the Microanalyst and a Technical Officer at the department of Zoology of the Faculty of Science were the other members of the team.

With the great assistance and the advices of the Honourable Minister of Trade, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, the team was able to find Sarasavi Industries Pvt. Ltd. for mass production of the face masks. University of Peradeniya owns patent rights and has signed an MoU with Sarasavi Industries Pvt. Ltd. for manufacturing.

The coating suspension is prepared at the Isabella Group of Companies and fabric coating is done at the Lumiere Textiles Ltd. This is the first time any invention made from University of Peradeniya has been converted into a commercial product with the assistance provided by the Ministry of Trade.

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Dr. H.A.C.K. Ariyarathna of the Department of Botany has been awarded a 2020 OWSD Early Career Fellowship

Dr. H.A.C.K. Ariyarathna was among the 23 women scientists from the developing world who were selected as the 2020 OWSD Early Career Fellows. The Early Career fellows were selected from a competitive pool of candidates based on the strength of their research proposals and their proven scientific excellence as well as leadership skills.

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