Thursday, May 31, 2007

ChEMUNIQUE progress

Student editors of ChEMUNIQUE magazine got together and discussed about future plans to realize our dream on 10th volume of our ChEMUNIQUE magazine. We discussed about cost & revenue making methods. We decided to put ads on front-inner, back-inner & back pages. If we could found a sponsor to our magazine we will publish that company ads only.

We discussed with Prof. Ajith de Alwis, he said that previous budget will guide us to build our own one. He also added that past students & present student must be involved to produce articles.

I invite my training place manager who is our past graduate Mr. Rohana Bandara to send an article

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ICE WaRM Scholarship

ICE WaRM offers a scholarship programme to attract high quality international students to education and training in water resources management, delivered by ICE WaRM partner institutions.

The ICE WaRM Scholarship Programme aims to:

  • provide high calibre students with the opportunity to study with ICE WaRM partners to further their knowledge;
  • provide students with the opportunity to participate in research and advance their scientific knowledge in water resources management;
  • encourage the exchange of ideas on best practice within water-related fields;
  • provide students with the opportunity to participate in presentations, conferences, seminars and forums on contemporary issues in water resources management;
  • provide the opportunity for students from organisations and countries currently facing major water issues to participate in programmes which they may not be able to fund; and
  • demonstrate a commitment to cultural change and diversity and the international sharing of knowledge and skills related to water resources management.

We recommend that you visit the Post-Graduate Programmes page of the website to find out more about the programme.


We recommend that you visit the Post-Graduate Programmes page of the website to find out more about the programme.


Semester 1 (February) - Deadline 22nd September of the previous year
Semester 2 (July) - Deadline 22nd March of the same year

ICE WaRM offers two rounds of scholarships annually, in February and July. Applicants are able to begin applying for current or future rounds at any time. The current round (Semester 1 - February 2008) has a deadline of September 22, 2007. However applicants can begin applying for future rounds at any time, ie. Semester 2, 2008 or Semester 1, 2009 (see deadlines above).


1) Complete the online registration form below to gain access to the relevant application forms.
Once you press "submit" you will see a webpage with links to 3 documents:
- Scholarship Guidelines
- Scholarship Application Form
- Scholarships Confidential Referee Report

2) Print and/or save these files. You will also receive an automatic email acknowledgement with a direct link to the application forms.

3) Complete the Scholarship Application Form and send to ICE WaRM with relevant documentation by the deadline.


* ICE WaRM will acknowledge receipt of all applications and advise if any documents are outstanding.
* Completion of the online registration form allows ICE WaRM to monitor interest in the scholarship programme and remind applicants of closing dates.
* Any applications that are incomplete by the application deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
* Hard copy documents (transcripts, parchments, passports/birth certificates) must be original or certified copies - uncertified photocopies will not be accepted.


ICE WaRM offers full and partial scholarships which cover the cost of the programme (fee tuition). For international students the fully funded scholarship is AUD$30,000 and partially funded scholarship is AUD$15,000*.


For more information on ICE WaRM's scholarship programme or your application status, please contact:

ICE WaRM Education Services Coordinator
GPO Box 860
Adelaide SA 5000

Phone: +61 8 8236 5200
Fax: +61 8 8236 5236

*Please note: the ICE WaRM scholarship does not include a living allowance. For more information on other scholarships and stipends, you can visit the following weblinks:

more details visit

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New CHESS president .....

CHESS, the Chemical Engineering Student society which is attached to Chemical Engineers Society of Sri Lanka will select the next president in upcoming AGM. The past president Jayaweera said that we have to continue present student research projects which is funded by IRQUE project, Prabashwaree musical program which is a fund raising program to give scholarships for needy student, Katha Baha (discussion session with industrialists) ... etc further.
Dr. Shantha Walpolage, the president of Chemical Engineers Society Sri Lanka & Dr. Jagath Premachandra thanked past president & committee for their dedication for CHESS progress. There are eight ongoing student research projects in our department. One project has applied for sri lankan patent. It is a reactor design for making "Kalu Dodol" a sinhala cultural food. Himantha Coorey the project leader said he has apply for Sri Lankan patents for that design.

Internships at Shell

Chemical & Process engineering student can joined with Shell for internships which offer by Shell. Lasting from eight weeks to 12 months, their internships are not only paid, they offer a chance to prove yourself in a challenging environment.

This is wonderful chance for engineering undergraduates those who has to undergone for their industrial training. The best thing is they evaluate your performance and give feedback on your work. If you Succeed in your internship and they will offer a full-time position at Shell when you graduate. It’s a simple and direct route into Shell.

For more info:


State pharmaceutical manufacturing corporation, Sri Lanka is established in 1987. The present location of SPMC is State Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Corporation of Sri Lanka, 11, Sir John Kotelawala Mawatha, Kandawala Estate, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. It was a gift of Japan Government. It is operated to produce quality, effective and safe medicinal drugs at affordable prices to the public. The SPMC is a 50, 000 square feet pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility.
The SPMC is equipped with modern Japanese and German machines with an annual installed capacity of 550 million units of tablets, capsules and 60, 000 litres of dry syrup. But they produce exceeding the present production capacity by approximately 95 %. They have planned to increase their capacity up to future demand. All SPMC products comply with combined United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) and British Pharmacopoeia (BP) standards, and also Japanese Health Ministry standards for microbial limits for oral preparations. The atmosphere of the Ultra clean Zone where manufacture takes place is strictly controlled in regard to temperature, humidity, microbial count and particulate matter. All their products have high solubility and long shelf-life.
They uses two kind of raw material for production. Two categories
  • Actives
  • excipients
Use around 150 raw materials.Most of them are imported.

The SPMC quality control department is fully equipped with a full range of modern instruments for physico-chemical and microbiological testing such as High Pressure Liquid Chrornatograph, Gas Liquid Chromatograph and Infrared and Ultraviolet spectrophotometers. SPMC products are 'branded generics'. Our tablets and capsules carry the letters SPC and the labels clearly show our now famous and respected logo with characteristic two colour bands. Preparations for the health Ministry carry the letters DHS.

SPMC products

• Penicillines
• Antimicrobial Agents
• Analgesics/Antipyretics
• Antihistamines
• Vitamins
• Antifilarials
• Bete-Blockers
• Bete-Adrenoceptor Stimulants
• Anthelmintics
• Antiarrythmic
• Antidiabetics
• Antibiotics/Antimicrobial Agents
• Antacids
• Antimalarials
• Antiparkinsonian Drugs
• Corticosteroids
• Anti-inflammatory
• Anticonvulsant
• Laxatives
• Tranquillisers
• Diuretics
• Xanthine Bronchodilator

Visit their web site for more info:

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sharing student industrial experiences

Our entire engineering students are sent to industries for 6 month period to get hands on experiences about industrial application in end of 5th semester. They are sent to various types of industries. We, department of Chemical & Process Engineering students are offered training opportunities by numerous industries. Each industry has their own traditions, practices, applications and so on. So different students come across with their unique experiences, which another one might never come across in his industrial training.

This scenario was implied us to share our experiences among our student community. When we meet day today in our leisure times we discuss about our training period. But this is not enough to transfer high level technological knowledge. So some of our batch mates were discussed to held discussion sessions in our free times. This idea has not become reality yet. But we are hoping to schedule it very soon.

I added the idea of “Sharing student industrial experiences” to my industrial training report’s final chapter where the training division allows adding our opinions. I suggested starting a blog or forum to share day today experiences while they are in training places. The training division has not taken it for granted yet.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


The 10th volume of ChEMUNIQUE magazine which is the official magazine of Chemical Engineering Society is planning to release. I am also in its student project member. Prof. Ajith de Alwis is coordinating us. We decided to form three groups to carry out major targets in financial, graphic design & for articles. Prof. Ajith de Alwis wanted more student article because he believe that our participation is more valuable to realize our slogan “Make the future happen”

We studied the volume 9 which was produced by staff & our senior batch. Actually it is a bench mark of our ChEMUNIQUE series which initiated in 1993. It can easily compete with any kind of professional magazine. It has issued with limited copies so it is distributed among very narrow community. But I suggested Prof. Ajith de Alwis to issue a online version of our 10th ChEMUNIQUE to share it with the world. He highly appreciated it. I think we can produce a nice online version & a hard copy.

Katha Baha Program

Our department organize discussion sessions to give awareness on industrial practices. We invite industrialists to visit our department and deliver their presentations about their working environment or experiences. Today their is a discussion session which is conducted by National cleaner production center Sri Lanka. Mr. Sena Peiris , Director of NCPC Sri Lanka is one of guest lecture.

Venue : JG hall
Time : 11 AM
Date : 24/05/2007

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Our project group & coordinator

Today our final year project group was appointed. My group members are wata, samiya, Lahiru, Wakwella. Our project coordinator is Dr. Jagath Premachandra. We hope to deliver our maximum performance because this is 8 credit subject which is very much serious factor to obtain a bettter class.

From our projects the best one will receive a price from unilever Sri Lanka.

They provide maximum support to our department.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Solar Power Towers

Today when I surf internet I came across with some new concept "Solar Power Towers". This Solar power towers consist of a large field of sun-tracking mirrors, called heliostats, which focus to a receiver on top of a centrally located tower. The enormous amount of energy, coming out of the sun rays, are concentrated at one point (the tower in the middle), produces temperatures of approx. 550°C to 1500°C. The gained thermal energy can be used for heating water or malt salt.
If we use water we can get steam directly or if we use salt we can use them indirectly to generate steam, which is used to move the turbine-generator. This way thermal energy is converted into electricity.

Although there are more advantage in this method the initial cost is very high. Otherwise very good system for country like Sri Lanka. We can implement such a system in Hambanthota, Polonnaruwa where high amount of sunshine can be expected.

Accepts Donations


Department of Chemical & Process Engineering accepts book donations for Resource Center.

And specially we kindly request donations from graduates passed out from the department and living in foreign countries. For more information contact

Prof. Ajith De Alwis


More details on Resource Center

Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa is maintain a resource center in order to improve reading habit of student. There are chemical engineering relevant books, magazines and also resources from other fields such as medicine, economy, management ... etc. This resource center is maintaining by students who gives their services as volunteers.

I have hosted my Chemical & Process Engineering web site on . It gives me long sub domain name Resently I found new free & paid domain name provider by one of my frind's recommendation. IT is Using that I got a new domain name . This is very easy to use domain.

Compare "How to make Margarine" & "How to make Butter"

"How to make Margarine"

* Heat and crush plant seeds to produce crude oil.

* React with hydrogen in presence of nickel catalyst to harden part of the oil.

* De- gum and remove other impurities

* Filter out hydrogenation catalyst and other suspended matter.

* Neutralise with sodium hydroxide to remove residual acid from de - gumming process.

* Blend with mixture of edible facts and oils.

* Bleach with Fuller's earth.

* Add milk soilds, colouring, flavouring and vitamins.

* Filter to produce refined oil.

* Add lecithin and monoglyceridies to emulsify.

* Deodorise under vacuum to remove odours created through fat degradation and oxidation.

* Extrude into plastic tub.

"How to make Butter"

# Get the Cream

# Add salt

# Then Cool

# Churn

# Butter will be there.

So now you can think why butter is more taste than Margarine.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Oil explorations will be commenced next year definitely – Hon. A. H. M. Fouzi

Petroleum oil & petroleum oil resources development minister Hon. A. H. M. Fouzi said that there will be oil explorations in Sri Lanka in next year. They have already identified eight oil rich zones. They will start oil explorations in there zones in next year. Two zones will be given to China & India. Fugo Data Solution is the policy producer for this process; they will prepare all necessary documents in next two months.

The director general Neil R de Silva said that there are oil deposits in 4 km deep region of sea. The initial facts ensure 70 % of possibility to find oil resources in that area.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Lanka Pack 2007

Sri Lanka’s largest packaging exhibition which is organized by Sri Lanka institute of packaging & Packaging Development Centre will be held on 15th – 17th June 2007 at BMICH, Colombo.

Following pioneers in Packaging industry will be exhibitors ….

· Jupiter Trading Co. LTD.

· Trans Continental Packaging & commodities (pvt) Ltd.

· ACME Printing & Packaging (pvt) Ltd.

· Edna Chocolate (Ceylon) Ltd.

· Abdulla Industries

· Packwell Lanka Ltd.

· Shalon Machinery

· Tinpak (pvt) Ltd.

· Polymer colour

· Nikini Automation

· Euro Asia Packaging (pvt) Ltd.

· Lalan Marketing

· API Trades (pvt) Ltd.

· CMC Engineering Exports GmbH

· Akhtari Trades (pvt) Ltd.

· Paper Com Traders

· Wastmann Engineering Ltd.

· Metropolitan (pvt) Ltd.

· Positive Packing India

· Lanka Polymers (pvt) Ltd.

· Holostick India

· Tuffline Ltd.

· Vishal Holo Solutions.

· Sick India (pvt) Ltd.

· Euroscan Exports (pvt) Ltd.

· Nandani Gravure – India

· Alfa Roto Machineries

· Incovax - India

· JDC trading (pvt) Ltd.

· Rotary Screens (pvt) Ltd.

· Varna Ltd.

· Modern Pack (pvt) Ltd.

· Sunup Machinery – India

· Flexi Print Ltd.

· Kandy Plastic (pvt) Ltd.

This exhibition is supported by World Packaging Organization, The Asian Packaging Federation, Indian Institute of Packaging and International Trade Centre. The event partner is Runeware inc.

You can obtain more details on

Be stress free, Enjoy life better

Prof. Raja de Alwis, former attached to Engineering faculty of University of Moratuwa will conduct a workshop on “Stress Management thro’ Meditation” on Sunday 13th May, 2007. The time is 8.00 AM to 12.30 PM and venue is Young Men’s Buddhist Association, Dehiwala. All are welcome. Participant are kindly request to bring a cushion. (Instruction mainly in Sinhala)

Certificate Course in Molecular Biology Techniques

Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka will conduct a certificate course in molecular biology from 2nd to 6th July 2007. The course will be 45 hours duration and will consists of theory & practical with hands on experiences in DNA based techniques such as DNA extraction and quantification, PCR, RT-PCR, DNA probes, gel electrophoresis, restriction fragment length polymorphism and an exposure to DNA sequencing. Application of the techniques in diagnosis of pathogenic diseases, mutation detection … etc will be also discussed.

Number of participants is limited to 20. The course fee is SLR 25,000.00.

If you wish to participate for this program are required to make written application to the director, IBMBB on or before 21st of May, 2007.


Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology,

University of Colombo,

90, Cumaratunage Munidasa Mawatha,

Colombo 3.

New LIOC lube blending plant, in Trincomalee

Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) is planning to implement a lube oil blending plant in Trincomalee in July, 2007. This plant will replace Indian imports of finished lubricants. They have target local lubricant oil market as well as foreign market share. They are planning to explore the possibilities of exporting lube oil to Maldives, Bangladesh and Mauritius and many other countries in region.

The LIOC is doing this project under government support to eliminate security threats. They have invested 600 millions of SLR on this project. The proposed plant will produce 18,000 mts of lube oil per year.

(Source: - Sunday observer financial news)

This is very good news for us, because these type of plants will offer us direct carrier & research opportunities as chemical & process engineers. So we can serve our service to our own mother land with out leaving the country seeking carrier opportunities which are relating to our field.

Oil exploration in Sri Lanka & our participation …….

We are now a lucky nation because we have oil resources in off shore region of Mannar. Oil explorations will commence after calling tender for that purpose. Government tries to get maximum bid by inviting more participants. LIOC (Lanka Indian Oil Corporation) is one company who is seeking to participate in oil exploration. The Oil and Natural Gas Company (pvt) Ltd, India (ONGC) was selected to oil exploration in a block. I think they also come to new tender calling.

Finding oil in Sri Lanka is very important because depending on other countries for oil is big risk. Because there are rapid fluctuations in oil prices, which affects our economy very badly. We depend highly on Iran (70 %). But this is very risky because if America attacks Iran as like Iraq, we are the losers. We lose our 70 % of oil resource.

So finding our own resources will be an advantage for our economy. But government tries to depend on foreign technology for oil exploration. I agree with that because we do not have proper knowledge on this technology. But government must take this opportunity to train our engineers & scientists on this technology. Otherwise we have to depend on other nations forever. Our country has depended on other nation’s technology for many centuries after 1505. We must acquire our share in modern technology and we must play our role in state-of-art business world. Otherwise we are the losers & others will be obtained more profits from our resources.

Higher Education Ministry spend considerable amount of their allocated funds on department of earth resources & department of Chemical & Process Engineering. So foundation for local intellectuals on Oil industry is visible in Sri Lanka. Now government must offer our students & researchers to expose into this oil exploration environment. Then in near future we can carry out explorations with our own companies. So the whole profit will be ours.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Department of Chemical & Process Engineering

Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa was inaugurated by gazette notification on 15th February 1972. From that day it has produce about 500 chemical engineers to deliver Chemical and Process Engineering knowledge, skills and innovation for a sustainable tomorrow.

This department carries out a unique tradition in Faculty of Engineering. The lectures & students are very friendly & helpful to each other. The non academic staff members are also very helpful & punctual. The department has been funded with IRQUE project & so we are getting state of art equipments & infrastructure facilities to enhance our quality of education & researches.

There are four minor disciplines in department which are to be selected by students. These four minor disciplines are very important in today’s business environment & our student have more carrier opportunities in industrial sector. At the very beginning of our department, they intake only two students. But now department facilitate for 50 students as undergraduate, 10 students for post graduate & M.Sc for their education & researches.

Four Minor Disciplines

• Environmental Engineering

• Polymer Engineering

• Food & Biochemical Engineering

• Energy Engineering

Our department works on our own unique vision & mission.


Delivering Chemical and Process Engineering knowledge, skills and

innovation for a sustainable tomorrow.


The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering will strive to educate,

conduct research and offer consulting services with dedication, devotion and

commitment and aim to be a place of excellence through internationally

recognized programs for the benefit of the society.

Chemical & Process Engineering


Chemical and Process Engineering is the profession in which knowledge of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and other Natural Sciences gained by study, experience and practice is applied with judgment to develop economical ways of using materials and energy for the benefit of mankind.

It's true that Chemical Engineers are comfortable with Chemistry, but they do much more with this knowledge than just make chemicals. More typically, they turn raw materials into valuable products. The necessary skills encompass all aspects of design, testing, scale-up, operation, control, and optimization.

Hence this requires a detailed understanding of the various "unit operations", such as Distillation, Mixing, and Biological Processes that make these conversions possible. Chemical Engineering science utilizes mass, momentum, and energy transfers along with thermodynamics and chemical kinetics to analyze and improve these unit operations. The breadth of scientific and technical knowledge inherent in the profession has caused some to describe the Chemical Engineer as the "Universal Engineer".

(This is the description on Chemical & Process Engineering given by Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa.)

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Dr. Chandana Jayarathna has brought a Kirlian photo graphic equipment.

Dr. Chandana Jayarathna is a very innovative intellectual in Sri Lankan university community. He researches on newest thing of the technology. He is a dedicated astrologist, scientist, consultant & a good Buddhist.

He is teaching Buddhist Meditation & also doing research on meditation & its effect on human beings. Dr. Chandana is doing this collaborating with Kanduboda Vipassana Meditation center. Recently he has brought a Kirlian photo graphic equipment to increase his researches effectiveness. This equipment has been imported from Russia.

I wish him all success on his innovative researches.