Department of Chemistry
Nilwala Kottegoda is a senior lecturer in Chemistry attached to University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and a senior research scientist at the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology. She graduated with a first class in Special Degree in Chemistry from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and obtained her D.Phil. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her current research work spans over a wide spectrum of areas; nanotechnology applications in agriculture, nanomaterials for drug delivery applications, nanomaterials for water purification, rubber nanocomposites, and synthesis of nanomaterials from natural/mineral resources. She is an inventor of four US patents extending to 16 countries and she has number of publications in peer reviewed journals. She was awarded the “Best Innovation with Commercial Potential” award from the National Science Foundation, in 2011 and the “Third World Academy of Science Young Scientist award for Sri Lanka” in 2013 for her outstanding research work in the field of nanotechnology.
Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization Development of nano-delivery systems for nutraceuticals and plant nutrients Polymer nanocomposites Water purification based on nanotechnology Value addition to natural resources "