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Department of Chemical & Process Engineering

University of Moratuwa


Professor P.G. Rathnasiri from Department of Chemical and Process Engineering and his fulltime research student Mr. Kasun Samarasiri attended 2nd International conference on Anaerobic Digestion Technology held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 4-7 June 2018. The title of paper presented was effect of enzymatic hydrolysis pretreatment on batch anaerobic digestion of wastewater generated in desiccated coconut processing plants.

As an initiation of a long term academic program between UoM and ECUST, a MoU was signed between both institutions on 15th January 2018. According to the MoU, the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (DCPE) is the direct beneficiary and both institutions are looking forward to sharing their expertise in petroleum process engineering. ECUST agreed to send experts to develop the undergraduate petroleum process engineering curriculum of the DCPE and to provide training for the academic staff. Furthermore, the ECUST is to provide postgraduate scholarships for the DCPE graduates as per the mutual understanding established during the subsequent discussions.

The ECUST is one of prominent universities in China located in Shanghai with close ties to the central government of P.R. China and also Shanghai government and highly focused on science and technology areas. Currently, there are more than 16,300 full time undergraduates, 8,500 graduate students studying at ECUST. The number of faculty and staff members has reached 3,700 among whom there are about 1,000 professors and associate professors



“Exorior 2018” an outbound leadership program organized by the ‘15 batch of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering was held on the 1st of March 2018 at the university grounds. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Head of the Department, Dr. S. H. P. Gunawardena, Brigadier Krishantha Gnanaratne, the academic staff, non-academic staff along with the alumni members and undergraduates from the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering family.

“Exorior” was the brain child of Dr. Shantha Egodage who wanted to give the undergraduates of the department an opportunity to build on their leadership skills and guide them to find the hidden leader within themselves. Over the years “Exorior” has grown in scale and quality providing a platform from which the members of the DCPE can enhance their leadership skills and strengthen the bonds within the DCPE community by participating in various team building activities organized throughout the session.

   “Exorior 2018” featured the cooperation of the Sri Lankan Army Commando Brigade to organize unique challenges and obstacles which raised the calibre of the event to greater heights


PGD UI is an annual event held by the Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, which accommodates the students in terms of knowledge of energy, process engineering, and its relation of economic development (Website:

Four final year students from the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa took part in this year’s competition which was held from 15-17th March 2018 at Indonesia. They participated in two categories.

3rd Petroleum Integrated Smart Competition (Petronation) matches University best delegation teams against one another in a fast–paced quiz competition covering technical and non-technical aspects of the oil and gas industry. The team comprising of Yasas Wishvajith (Team Leader), Malsha Samarasiri, and Chamodya Perera was able to bring honour to Sri Lanka by making their way to the semi-finals from 19 teams hailing from different countries and being placed 4th.

International Student Energy Student Energy Model United Nations is a three-day United Nations simulation for university students globally. This conference brings together young leaders from different parts of the world to a common platform in order to discuss imperative global issues and provide innovative solutions. Manisha Abesekara received verbal commendation for her performance at the conference.StudentAchievement March2018 3






The meeting of Department Industry Consultative Board (DICB) was held on 29th September at 3.00 pm in the board room of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa. Industry specialists representing a wide variety of industries including Hayleys, Glaxo Smith Kline, JAT Holdings, Phoenix, Ceylon Biscuits Limited, IFS, Holcim and Tritech Engineers participated in the meeting, along with a staff member of the Training Division and the academic staff members of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. Few training students also participated.

The objectives of this meeting was to improve the network between university and the industry, and to identify the improvements which can be done in the areas; curriculum, training, industrial collaborations and learning environment so that our graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and skills required for the industry. The meeting was chaired by Dr. P. G. Rathnasiri and contained four sessions on the above areas. Industry specialists made a number of suggestions such as the importance of having a preparatory week before training, delivering industrial services by the department and improving the networking among alumni members. They also gave their insight on the management core modules to be prioritized.

In short, DICB meeting was a productive step in the journey towards improving the collaboration between the department and the industry, and enhancing the skills and knowledge of our graduates to suit the requirements in the industry.