Centre for Advanced Materials Research
Advanced material technologies have already conjured up speculation about a seismic shift in almost every aspect of science and engineering. They have already insinuated into our lifestyles through innovations leading to develop methodologies to generate cleaner energy, purify water, smart materials, new drug delivery systems, faster and cheaper manufacturing processes as well as the next generation computing devices. For example out of the many such developments nanotechnology promises more for less: smaller, cheaper, lighter and faster devices with greater functionality, using less material and consuming less energy. As a result today there is an increased research focus in development of new materials through multi-disciplinary. Fundamental and applied researches on such applications are major part of the innovations, where global research focus has been recently on. In order to move in par with the global paradigm shifts in science and technology focus centre for Advanced Materials Research was established in 2015. The centre focuses on advanced technologies in order to uniquely value add to our science and technology output as well as enabling our graduates to be equally competent and competitive with the other graduates emerging from world class universities and research backgrounds. Furthermore, it is expected to create a continuous pool of talents required for moving towards an “innovation driven knowledge based economy model for a smarter nation”.
To establish an innovative arena for advanced material research in Sri Lanka
To provide an enabling innovation environment with advanced equipment and support facilities To increase the visibility of materials research To gain the international and national recognition To strengthen the interactions with industry To initiate and encourage opportunities for interdisciplinary materials research.
a. Provide an enabling innovation environment with advanced equipment and support facilities.
b. Create an environment where scientific knowledge and technology could be developed, acquired, and exploited in order to cater for the modern requirements
c. Infuse the research culture strongly into academics at a time when innovation and research culture is poorly established in Sri Lankan academic portfolio due to poor infra-structure facilities
d. Promote quality of the intellectual property pool through high quality publications, IPs and technology transfer
e. Promote an interdisciplinary research and innovation culture
f. Promote the local research standards to a level that matches the global standards
g. Increase the post graduate output efficiency
h. Minimize barriers to research output i. Promote collaborative research activities with the industries
Dr. Nilwala Kottegoda (Director) – Department of Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Prof. Sudantha Liyanage – Department of Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Dr. Thilini Gunesekara (Secretary) – Department of Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Prof. Lalin Karunanayake – Department of Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Dr. Dilru Ratnaweera – Department of Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Dr. Indika Wanniarachchi – Department of Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Dr. Manjula Weerasekara – Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Prof. Pathmalal Manage – Ex-officio y Senior Assistant Bursar – Invited
Powder X-ray Diffractometer, Facilities for advanced computational studies, Impedance spectroscopy – purchase in progress, Thermogravimetric analysis/differential scanning calarimetry – purchase in progress.
Find more Information at http://science.sjp.ac.lk/materialresearch/