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Dr. Charitha Jayaruk

Assistant Professor/Coordinator, BSc Biotechnology Degree Programme

Faculty of Humanities & Sciences | Department of Applied Sciences

Career Summary

Jayaruk is a graduate of the University of Colombo. He pursued his PhD in Chemistry from The University of Alabama, USA. He has specialized in Materials, Analytical and Physical Chemistry. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Sciences, SLIIT. He is the coordinator of the BSc Biotechnology degree programme. He has been awarded the chartered chemist designation by the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon.

He supervises Postgraduate students at the University of Colombo and the University of Kelaniya and supervises undergraduate students at the Institute of Chemistry. He is interested in doing research on using nanomaterials in water purification and as antimicrobial reagents. Further, he is interested in researching on algae and plant materials for their pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical activities.

He has specialized in many instruments like Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS), Gas chromatograph-Mass spectrometer (GC-MS), Raman Spectrometer, FT-IR spectrometer, UV-Visible Spectrophotometer, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analyzer etc.

He is interested in practical-based science education and believes in uplifting the research culture among upcoming scientists in the country.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD (Chemistry), The University of Alabama, 2017
  • BSc, University of Colombo, 2011

HONOURS AND AWARDS

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, The University of Alabama, AL.
  • Graduate Student Travel Awards, The University of Alabama, AL.  (2015, 2016)

 

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Application of nanomaterials for water purification
  • Novel nanomaterials incorporated cosmeceuticals and pharmaceuticals
  • Natural material based neutraceuticals
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Novel packaging materials
  • Environmental Chemistry 

Memberships

  • Life member (SLAAS)
  • Chartered Chemist
  • M.I.Chem.C
  • YSF
  • SLAYS

Ongoing Research

  • Synthesis of novel nanocomposites using ilmenite sand and natural carbon-based materials
  • Investigation of pharmaceutical activities of plant materials
  • Synthesis of metal nanoparticles incorporated hierarchically porous monolithic composites by nanocasting and sol-gel process
  • Waste water purification using different porous and nanomaterials
  • Synthesis of metal nanoparticles supported porous carbon composites by naturally available carbon-rich materials
  • Application of synthesized composites as catalysts for organic transformations
  • Study on catalytic graphitization of amorphous monolithic carbon by metal nanoparticles
  • Waste water purification by using different porous materials
  • Synthesis of transition metal doped ilmenite, Rutile, and zircon and their applications
  • Synthesis of plasmonic and magnetic nanoparticles and their applications

My Publications

Journal Publications

  • Thambiliyagodage, C. J; Hakat, Y; Bakker, M. G.  " "Catalytic Graphitization of Monolithic Nanocast Carbon by Iron, Cobalt and Nickel Nanoparticles" "  Carbon,  vol.134,    2018,  pp.452-463,      10.2174/2211544705666160610093114,
  • Thambiliyagodage, C. J; Hakat, Y; Bakker, M. G.  " "One Pot Synthesis of Carbon/Ni Nanoparticle Monolithic Composites by Nanocasting and Their Catalytic Activity for 4-Nitrophenol Reduction" "  Current Catalysis ,  vol.5,  Issue 2,  2016,  pp.135-146,      
  • 1. Thambiliyagodage, C., Kumara, A., Jayanetti, M., Usgodaarachchi, L., Liyanaarachchi, H., & Lansakara, B.  " Fabrication of dual Z-scheme g-C3N4/Fe2TiO5/Fe2O3 ternary nanocomposite using natural ilmenite for efficient photocatalysis and photosterilization under visible light "  Applied Surface Science Advances,  vol.12,    2022,  pp.100337,      https://doi.org/10.1016/J.APSADV.2022.100337,
  • Thambiliyagodage, C  " Efficient photocatalysis of carbon coupled TiO2 to degrade pollutants in wastewater A review "  Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management,  vol.18 ,    2022,  pp.100737,      https://doi.org/10.1016/J.ENMM.2022.100737,
  • Usgodaarachchi, L., Thambiliyagodage, C., Wijesekera, R., Vigneswaran, S., & Kandanapitiye, M.  " Fabrication of TiO2 Spheres and a Visible Light Active ?-Fe2O3/TiO2-Rutile/TiO2-Anatase Heterogeneous Photocatalyst from Natural Ilmenite. "  ACS Omega,  vol.7,  Issue 31,  2022,  pp.2761727637,      https://doi.org/10.1021/ACSOMEGA.2C03262,
  • 4. Thambiliyagodage, C., Usgodaarachchi, L., Jayanetti, M., Liyanaarachchi, C., Kandanapitiye, M., & Vigneswaran, S.  " Efficient Visible-Light Photocatalysis and Antibacterial Activity of TiO2-Fe3C-Fe-Fe3O4/Graphitic Carbon Composites Fabricated by Catalytic Graphitization of Sucrose Using Natural Ilmenite "  ACS Omega,  vol.7,  Issue 29,  2022,  pp.2540325421,      https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.2c02336,

Conference Proceedings

  • Thambiliyagodage, C.J; Cooray, V. Y; Perera, I. N; Wijesekera, R.D.   Eco-Friendly Porous Carbon Materials for Waste Water Treatment  in The 9th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE),  year 2018,  Kandy- Sri Lanka,        December 13-15,  
  • Thambiliyagodage, C.J; Perera, I. N; Cooray, V. Y; Wijesekera, R.D.   Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Supported on Porous Carbon Composites as Efficient Eco-Friendly Green Catalysts for Nitrophenol Reduction  in The 9th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE),  year 2018,  Kandy- Sri Lanka,        December 13-15,  

Conference Presentations

  • Thambiliyagodage, C.J; Bakker, M.G.  " Heteroatom Rich Mesoporous Carbon Supported Gold Nanoparticles - An Efficient Catalyst for Benzyl Alcohol Oxidation  Presentation,  at University of Ruhuna,   2017
  • Thambiliyagodage, C. J; Araujo, P.T; Bakker, M.  " Catalytic Graphitization of Monolithic Nanocast Carbon by Iron, Cobalt and Nickel Nanoparticles  Presentation,  at Columbia, SC, USA,   2016
  • Thambiliyagodage, C. J.; Bakker, M  " One Pot Synthesis of Carbon/Ni Nanoparticle Composites by Nanocasting and Their Catalytic Activity for 4-Nitrophenol Reduction  Presentation,  at Memphis, TN, USA,   2015
  • Thambiliyagodage, C. J; Wijesundera, R.L.C; de Silva, K.M.N; de Silva, W.R.M.  " Anti-Fungal Activity of Surface Modified Mn2+ Doped ZnO Nanoparticles  Presentation,  at Sri Lanka,   2012
  • Thambiliyagodage, C. J; Wijesundera, R.L.C; de Silva, K.M.N; de Silva, W.R.M.  " Anti-Fungal Activity of Surface Modified Mn2+ Doped ZnO Nanoparticles  Presentation,  at University of Sri Jayawardenepura-Sri Lanka,   2012

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