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Mr. Janith Weerasinghe awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

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BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA – June 22, 2016 – Mr. Janith Weerasinghe has been awarded a 2016 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.
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The Annual Research Review 2015

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The Annual Research Review 2015 of National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Ministry of Science, and Technology & Research was held successfully at 3rd of March 2016 under the patronage of Hon.Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology & Research, The Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology & Research, Mrs.
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ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

 
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Sri Lanka has an immense wealth of plants. Everywhere one looks, there are green plants. To Project Page »
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Geothermal mapping project was initiated with the intention to produce a detailed and complete data base of the geothermal resources of Sri Lanka. Although Sri Lanka is not situated on an active geothermal area, i. To Project Page »


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Currently research is being carried out in 2 main areas; Biofuel and soil C sequestration with sub projects in each category. A fair amount of studies have been reported and some data are available on the above ground C-sequestrations of the major vegetational types of Sri Lanka. To Project Page »


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Thermoelectricity project was initiated at the 1National Institute of Fundamental Studies with the intention to introduce this timely research area to the country. This project has several aspects. To Project Page »


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Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive element, usually produced as the result of uranium or thorium decay. However, unlike other radioactive elements, radon is a gas – the heaviest naturally occurring noble gas. To Project Page »


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Phosphate deposit at Eppawala is one of the major mineral resources in Sri Lanka. Although the exploitation has been carried out over several decades, and many geochemical and mineralogical studies have been done, no detailed geophysical investigation had been conducted until this project. To Project Page »


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Several research projects, including basic research have been conducted so far at the IFS, which have yielded promising formulations of BFBFs for tea, rice, maize, vegetables, strawberry, potato and floriculture crops. After extensive research conducted in collaboration with the Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka, Biofilm-T, the BFBF for tea has now been commercialized in the country by Lanka Bio Fertilizers (Pvt) Ltd. To Project Page »


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Functional food can be defined as a food capable of providing additional health benefits which may reduce disease risk and/or promote good health. The functional food product development project initiated in April 2013 with the intention of retaliating against disease conditions which are significantly prevalent among the population of Sri Lanka. To Project Page »


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With the aim to establish scientific bases for a healthy human life, we are conducting extensive research in the field of nutritional biochemistry using in vivo and in vitro assays. This project focuses on various aspects of functional and nutritional properties of foods and covers a wide area like bioactivity of food, bioavailability of food, food safety, and functional food product development. To Project Page »


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Phenol (C6H5OH) is a known hazardous aromatic hydrocarbon which is produced through both natural and anthropogenic processes. Recently, phenolic compounds have been detected in ground and surface water as contaminants. To Project Page »


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The loss of quality habitats due to anthropogenic causes like over population, habitat degradation and climate change demands the urgent attention of biologists. The focus of our project is thus the study of the mega diverse fauna and flora of Sri Lanka. To Project Page »


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The Chemical and Environmental Systems Modeling Research Group works on understanding chemical processes in solid solution interface, assess, characterize, monitor water and soil pollution, salt water intrusion and model the systems in order to find solutions for human benefit.

Perchlorate mobilization of metals and organics; Implications for Martian regolith This research was initiated in 2013. To Project Page »


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This is an overview of our research program that has been ongoing for many years. The program involves observational studies of monkeys (primates) in their natural forest habitats, especially at Polonnaruwa. To Project Page »


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In recent years, the manifestation of chaos in quantum mechanics has been of great interest. In particular, quantum systems which are classically chaotic have been investigated intensively. To Project Page »


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A Brain–Computer Interface (BCI) sometimes called a direct neural interface is a direct technological interface between a brain and a computer. It is a system that uses electric, magnetic or hemodynamic brain signals to control external devices such as switches, wheel chairs, computers or neuroprosthesis. To Project Page »


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Single-Bubble Sonoluminescence (SBSL) is observed when a single gas bubble, which is acoustically levitated in a liquid, under goes non linear oscillations in synchrony with the applied sound field and emits sub-nano second flashes of light at the point of maximum implosion. This is one of the examples of spontaneous energy focusing phenomena. To Project Page »


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Research activities of the Natural Product Project have been focused on the chemistry and bioactivity of secondary metabolites from plants, fungi (including endophytic fungi) and edible fruits of Sri Lanka. Another area of research has been the identification of polyphenols found in tea, fruits and edible spices using Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS). To Project Page »


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Three research projects are conducted under the Plant Biology project.

Dry forest ecology: A comparative study on floristic diversity, structure and dynamics studies the phyto-sociology and socio-ecologyis conducted in the Hurulu and Nuwaragala forest reserves. To Project Page »


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The Cell Biology project, which was initiated in 2001, was renamed as Cell Biology in 2009. In 2014 research was focused on three main areas: cyanobacteria, pulmonary diseases and on human gene expression analysis. To Project Page »


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Finding alternative energy sources is vital for human being as the fossil fuel is depleting rapidly. It has been estimated that the present fossil fuel reservoirs just enough for about 100 years and it often produces environmental pollutants that are harmful to human health and greenhouse gases that threaten the global climate [1]. To Project Page »


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 Nanotechnology and Physics of Materials are two of the most progressive branches in the Materials Science and Technology field. Among them, the nanotechnology is considered as a key technology for the future to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications. To Project Page »


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Condensed Matter Physics 

During 2014, the research activities of the Condensed Matter Physics project were focused on (a) synthesis and characterization of “polymer free” gel electrolytes and their use in dye sensitized solar cells and (b) Optimization of CdS films prepared by chemical bath deposition method for possible use in CdS/CdTe p-n junction solar cells. Under the first project, we have been successful in obtaining “polymer free” gel electrolytes using tetrapropyl ammonium iodide and potassium iodide dissolved in ethylene carbonate/propylene carbonate co-solvent and incorporating fume silica (EC:PC:Pr4NI:KI:I2:SiO2). To Project Page »


DIVISIONS FOR OUTREACH PROGRAMMES

 


The CCD chaired by the Director and facilitated by a Coordinator, will promote, regularize and monitor collaboration of NIFS projects with outside organizations including the private sector and encourage NIFS scientists to engage in productive consultations. Only projects of National importance and those having an impact on National Development would be entertained. Any interested parties for collaboration and Consultation, i.e. Universities, Research Institutes, NGOs & CBOs registered in Sri Lanka, Corporate & Private sector organizations, should contact the Director, NIFS for further details. Read more...


The SEDU mainly focuses on fostering the exchange of the scientific information to the scientific community and to promote the public understanding of Science.

To fulfill these objectives SEDU organizes several activities such as conferences, workshops, hands on lab sessions, Science camps and several e – projects. Read more...

NEWS & EVENTS

 

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BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA – June 22, 2016 – Mr. Janith Weerasinghe has been awarded a 2016 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. Read Full news »


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The Annual Research Review 2015 of National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Ministry of Science, and Technology & Research was held successfully at 3rd of March 2016 under the patronage of Hon.Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology & Research, The Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology & Research, Mrs. Read Full news »


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The workshop on "From chemical to Eco friendly agriculture" - Role of microbial biofertilizers was held successfully on 18th February 2016 at NIFS Colombo office with the presence of The Director, The Secretary, Prof. Gamini Senevirathne and Prof. Read Full news »

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The Certificate of Commendation was awarded to National Institute of Fundamental Studies at the annual NSF Awards Ceremony (held on 15thDecember 2015 at the BMICH). For growing the algae Spirulina to overcome malnutrition in children and pregnant and lactating mothers in villages in Sri Lanka with the collaboration of Major General (Retired) W J T K Fernando. Read Full news »

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The General Research Committee Award (GRC) -2015 was presented to Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake at the opening ceremony of the Annual Sessions of SLAA Sheld at BMICH on 30th November 2015. Read Full news »

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Researches at National Institute of Fundamental Studies won President’s Awards for their scientific publications for the year 2013, chaired by the His Excellency the President and the Hon. Minister of Science, Technology and Research, held on 18th November 2015. Read Full news »

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This new building complex contains laboratories and a library which was constructed at a cost of 176 million grants by the treasury. After opening of the new building, he delivered a speech regarding his aims of using local scientists to engage in research for the development of the country and he appreciated the research work carried out by the NIFS scientist so far. Read Full news »

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Foundation of Astronomical Studies & Exploration (FASE) with collaboration of the, National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS) and International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) successfully conducted the first phase of Island wide science educational program known as “Provincial Astronomical program 2015”. This Programme based on astronomy lessons in school science curriculum at Kirma Maha Vidyalaya, Hambanthota on 23rd of September 2015. Read Full news »

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An educational workshop for students in Vidyartha Vidyalaya, Rajanganaya , Nochchiyagama was conducted by the research assistants of the NIFS spanning three days from the 1st to 3rd of August. The main objective of this workshop was to help students who sit for the GCE O/L examination in 2015 and 2016 to gain some extra knowledge and ignite interest in Mathematics, Science and English. Read Full news »

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Wining an Award for the Best PresentationMrs. JMKW Kumari, Research Assistant, Condensed Matter Physics research group supervised by Prof MAKL Dissanayake , National Institute of Fundamental Studies has won the award for the Best Poster Presentation at the 5th International conference on Functional Materials and Devices (ICFMD 2015) at Malaysia on 4-6th August 2015 organized by the Centre of Ionics, University of Malaya. Read Full news »

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Work shop on Impact of Climate change on water, Food and Environment in Sri Lanka was held at National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Colombo office on 25- 26 June 2015. Prof. Read Full news »


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Honorable Minister of Higher Education and Research, Dr. Sarath Amunugama visited the NIFS premises on 1st of June 2015 and addressed the staff of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS). Read Full news »


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School Science & Engineering Programme- SSEP (2015) organized by the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS) in collaboration with Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya. Held on 20th & 21st March 2015 at the National Institute of Fundamental Studies- Kandy. Read Full news »

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