Meththika Suharshini VithanageCountry of origin: Sri Lanka Currently in: Sri Lanka, Colombo General field of specialization: Engineering sciences
Early Career Fellowship
Degrees2005 Doctorate Chemical Sciences
Current Research Activities
Monitoring contaminants in the atmospheric deposition, soil and water Landfill leachate treatment Emerging contaminant treatment using biochar Synthesis of clay-biochar composites and their properties Slow drug and fertilizer release Trace metal release from contaminated soils
Publications resulting from Research:
My publication record consist of Science Citation Indexed journal papers, other peer reviewed journal papers, Book chapters and conference proceedings. It accounts more than 80 SCI journal articles and >25 book chapters.
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:ResearchAdministrationTeachingOtherDr. Vithanage’s research approach builds on enabling measurements of concentrations and reaction rates in environmental samples for key/emerging pollutants in the environment in order to assess their fate and transport to discover solutions to remediate those using different geo/bio/nano materials. Dr. Vithanage is particularly interested in elucidating the mechanistic understanding of release/remediation of pollutants with contrasting physical and chemical properties that can be used to obtain insights into environmental partitioning, chemical persistence and ultimate accumulation in biota. To this end, her current research interests are focused on monitoring atmospheric deposition, landfill leachate, water and soil for pollutants, develop and enhance the properties of biochar, nano/geo substances and composites as material for environmental remediation. Managing the research center and research grant administration are the main administration work that Dr. Vithanage is engaged in. She established a new research center named Ecosphere Resilience Research Center at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and have already attracted National and International grants. She teaches courses on environmental sciences and research methodology for the undergraduates and postgraduates. Other than these activities, she engages in science writing, dissemination and popularization through workshops, school training sessions, building capacity of the teachers, young scientists. She is a writer to newspapers on general scientific themes etc.
Fellowship with OWSD
Fellowship with OWSD
Fellowship awarded 2018