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Photochemistry for Wellbeing of Society

Activity by N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara   |   added on May 06, 2011   |   Sri Lanka Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Unilever Sri Lanka, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon

A seminar on Photochemistry for the well-being of the society will be held by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon on 17th June 2011 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo

A seminar on Photochemistry for the well-being of the society will be held by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon on 17th June 2011 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo.(Registered participants only).

Presentations will be made by the eminent scientist who are experts in the relevant field. 

Welcome address and Introduction to Photochemistry will be made by the President of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon.

The main subjects discussed are:

Organic Photochemistry,  A Personal History- Photochemistry of Solar Cells, Photochemical Sensors,  Industrial Photochemistry,  Photochemistry in Medicine,  Photochemistry in Nano technology and,  Environment Photochemistry.

Presentations by:

Prof. M.D.P.De Costa, President Institute of Chemistry Ceylon

Prof. J.A.Pincock, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University,Canada

Prof. O.A.Ileperuma,Department of Chemistry, University of Peradeniya

Mr. Asanga Ranasinghe, Managing Director, Unilevers Sri Lanka

Dr. R.Senthilnithy, Senior Lecturer, Southeaster University ,Oluvil

Prof. Pradeeep Jayaweera, Department of Chemistry, University of Sri Jayawardenepura

Dr. Ranil De Silva, Department of Anatomy, University of Jayawardenepura

Prof. Nalin de Silva, Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo,

Prof. K.R.R.Mahanama, Head, Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo


Opportunity has been provided for 100 participants to attend.

(Quoted by: A. M.Jayasekara, Programme Officer IYC 2011, National Secretariat (Sri Lanka)


Today, photochemistry has become one of the most powerful research tool in many fields of chemistry. Compounds of different atoms are formed through various photochemical reactions in the environment which may have good as well as bad effects on the animals as well as plants.

Solar energy is one of the most effective energy source in the world. Therefore harvesting solar energy by converting it to electrical energy is very important and development of new materials useful for such conversions attracted major research interest at present.

Applications of photochemistry in medicine are becoming very attractive. These applications are already in use for cancer treatments ,genes repair techniques etc. in the present world. Development of new drugs and new treatment techniques based on photochemistry are are emerging.

Application of photochemical and fluorescence sensors are very attractive in environment and biological analysis due to the low sensitivity and higher selectivity. Many researchers are developing these sensors since they replace unsafe radiochemical methods.

Use of photochemistry in nanomaterial is becoming an attractive research area at present. Developing of nano particles,which can do wonders in the future with the help of photochemical reactions,are coming very soon.

Basic knowledge in photochemistry and applications in photochemistry in different areas for the wellbeing of the society will be discussed during the seminar. 





Topic: celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, demonstrations Audience: industrial chemists, post graduate students, professors, educators, research scientists, secondary school students, women chemists, secondary schools students
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