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Prof. Selladurai Arasaretnam

Dr. Selladurai Arasaretnam

Prof. Selladurai Arasaretnam
B.Sc.(Hons)(EUSL), A.I.Chem.C, M.Sc.(USJP), Ph.D.(USJP), Research Fellow (CSIR-IICT, India)
Associate Professor in Chemistry 
 

Tel: (94) - 652240755 [office], (94) - 652251407[resident]
Fax: (94) - 652240758[office], Mobile: (94) - 771749293
E-mails_arasaretnam@esn.ac.lks_arasaretnam@yahoo.co.uk/

Biography

Date of Birth : 03rd April, 1976
Sex : Male
Nationality : Sri Lankan Tamil
Civil Status : Married

Research Fellowship (2015): Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), Hyderabad,
India.
Ph.D. (2010): Polymer Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
M.Sc. (2006): Polymer Science & Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
B. Sc. [Special Degree] (2002): Chemistry, Eastern University Sri Lanka.

Publications

REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • S. Arasaretnam, H. R. P. Prasadini and U. Mathiventhan. Qualitative phytochemical screening, anti-bacterial activity and TLC profiling of different parts of three medicinal plants, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, Volume 8 - Issue 1, 2021
  • S Arasaretnam and K Cavisana. Comparative Assessment of Water Quality of Tube wells and Pipe Borne Water in Kaluvankeni Hostels, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, Vingnanam Journal of Science, Vol.15 (2), December 2020.
  • S. Arasaretnam and U. P. Dilshani Jayarathna. Synthesis, Characterization, and Metal Adsorption Properties of Formaldehyde-Based Terpolymeric Resins Derived from Anthranilic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Catechol, Hindawi, Journal of Chemistry, Volume 2020, Article ID 8843162, 7 pages, https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/8843162
  • Deepti Sharma, N Naga Malleswara Rao, S Arasaretnam, Annadanam V Sesha Sainath, Marshal Dhayal. Functionalization of structurally diverse glycopolymers on graphene oxide surfaces and their quantification through fluorescence resonance energy transfer with fluorescein isothiocyanate, Colloid and Polymer Science, 298(1,314), 1-11, 2020, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, ©Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, Part of Springer Nature 2020.
  • Arasaretnam S and Venujah K. Preparation of Soaps by using Different Oil and Analyze their Properties, Arasaretnam and Venujah, Natural Products Chemistry & Research (Nat Prod Chem Res.) 2019, 7:1, DOI: 10.4172/2329-6836.1000357
  • S. Arasaretnam and JMPW. Jayasundara. Utilization of Pretreated Lignocelluloses Materials for the Production of Bio-Diesel, International Journal of Advanced Research in Chemical Science (IJARCS), 6 (2): 7-12, 2019, ISSN No. (Online) 2349-0403,  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2349-0403.0602002
  • S Arasaretnam. Study of Rheology of Tannin Obtained from Flower Buds of Terminalia chebula (Aralu) and Formaldehyde Reaction, International Journal of Advanced Research in Chemical Science (IJARCS), 6 (1): 1-5, 2019, ISSN No. (Online) 2349-0403 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2349-0403.0601001 
  • S. Arasaretnam, H.R.P. Prasadini and K. Venujah. Assessment of Open well Water Quality around Puttalam District, International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Engineering (IJASRE), E-ISSN: 2454-8006, 4(12): 2018, DOI:  10.31695/IJASRE.2018.33024
  • S. Arasaretnam, S. Keerthanan, Hasitha Sulochani Wickramasinghe. Synthesis of Nitrate Doped Polypyrrole Conducting Polymer Membrane and Fabrication of Passive Sampler to Determine Diffusion of Nitrate and Chloride Through Membrane in Aquatic Ecosystem, International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Engineering (IJASRE), 4(12):150-156, 2018, 10.31695/IJASRE.2018.33004
  • S. Arasaretnam, S. Keerthanan. Plant Seeds as Biosorbents for the Purification of Water, Journal of Modern Chemistry & Chemical Technology, ISSN: 2229-6999 (Online), ISSN: 2321-5208 (Print), 9 (2):1-10, 2018.
  • S. Arasaretnam. Synthesis, Characterization and Membrane Properties of modified polyphenols-based resin, International Journal of Research Publications (IJRP), 3(1), 2018,  DOI: 100315201897.
  • S. Arasaretnam. Prediction of UV-Vis spectra of flavan-3-ol type molecules: A Computational approach, International Journal of Research Publications (IJRP), 3(1), 2018, DOI: 100315201894.
  • S. Arasaretnam, A. Kiruthika and T. Mahendran (2018). Nutritional and mineral composition of selected green leafy vegetables. Ceylon Journal of Science, 47(1), 35–41, 2018, DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjs.v47i1.7484
  • S. Arasaretnam and K. Venujah. Modification of tannin extracted from the bark of Acacia auriculiformis for the antibacterial activity and application of metal adsorption, Ruhuna Journal of Science, 8: 90-102, 2017, DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/rjs.v8i2.30 
  • S. Arasaretnam. A kinetic study on adsorption, Isotherms of some metal ions on sulfonated-Tannin phenol Formaldehyde resin (TPF-SO3H), International Journal of Environmental Chemistry & Chromatography, 1(1), 1 – 7, 2015.
  • S. Arasaretnam, L. Karunanayake. Computational and FTIR-spectroscopic study on the reactivity of some polyphenol compounds with HCHO, Research & Reviews in Polymer. ISSN: 2249 – 8877, Volume 3, Issue 1, RRPL, 3(1), [9-16] 2012
  • S. Arasaretnam and L. Karunanayake. Synthesis, Characterization, and Metal Adsorption Properties of Tannin-Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins Produced Using Tannin from Dried Fruit of Terminalia chebula (Aralu), Journal of Applied Polymer Science, U.S.A, 2009, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Vol. 115, 1081–1088, 2010.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS - Full Papers

  • Arasaretnam, S. Preparation of biobased plastic from banana peel and application in industrial waste water purification. The International Research & Development Institution, Proceedings of the 2nd  Asia International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research 2020 (AIMR’20), Vol. 2, Copyright © TIRDI / ISSN: 2682 – 7271 online, pp. 26-30.
  • S. Arasaretnam and U.P. Dilshani Jayarathna. Study on concentration of Cd, Cr, Pb and Zn in green leafy vegetables and estimation of bio concentration factors (bcf) at different locations from Medirigiriya area, Polonnaruwa, Proceedings of the Asia International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research, 2019 (AIMR’19), Vol.-1, ISSN 2682-7271.
  • S. Arasaretnam and R. Joy Ebenezer. Modification and Cation adsorption studies of Polyphenols extracted from Acacia farnesiana, 5th International Conference on Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Process (CCECP 2017), Conference Proceedings, Singapore, 6-7 March 2017, pg. 7-12, DOI: 10.5176/2301-3761_CCECP17.11.
  • S. Arasaretnam. Development of a protocol for extraction of tannin from some selected Terminalia sp in various solvents. 10th Annual Research Session (ARS), EUSL, 240-245, 1-2 December, 2011.
  • Arasaretnam, S and Vinobaba, P. Nutritional Composition of Segregated Portions of Oreochromis niloticus from Unnichai Tank in Batticaloa Distract. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Research Session (ARS), EUSL, 140-149, 2007.
  • Arasaretnam, S and Mahendran, T. Antifungal compounds from leaf buds from bark of Gardenia latifolia, Annual Research Session (ARS), EUSL, 140-146, 2004.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS - Abstracts

  • S. Arasaretnam and U. P. D Jayarathna. Sorption studies of metal ions by formaldehyde-based ion-exchange resins derived from anthranilic acid, salicylic acid and catechol. Proceedings International Conference on Applied and Pure Sciences 2020 (ICAPS 2020 - Kelaniya), Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, ISSN 978-955-704-144-5 
  • S. Arasaretnam and D.M.A. Dissanayake. Heavy metal contents in aquatic plant species in a water body according to their occurrence, Proceedings of the National Conference on Multidisciplinary Research-Young Scientists’ Association, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka, (NCMR 2020), Postgraduate Symposium,  October 08, 2020,  ISSN 2756-9063
  • S. Arasaretnam and U.P. Dilshani Jayarathna. Study on concentration of Cd, Cr, Pb and Zn in green leafy vegetables and estimation of Bio Concentration Factors (BCF) at different locations from Medirigiriya area, Polonnaruwa, Asia International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research (AIMR’19) on 10 May 2019 at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo, 2019.
  • S. Thevakumar and S. Arasaretnam. Plant mediated green synthesis of iron oxide particles for cadmium removal of waste water. Proceedings of the Postgraduate institute of Science Research Congress, Sri Lanka, 9th -10th November, 2018, Postgraduate institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, 29, 2018.
  • S. Arasaretnam and JMPW. Jayasundara. Production of Bio-ethanol using pretreated Lignocellulosic materials (Rice husk, Water Hyacinth), International Research Symposium on Pure and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2017.
  • N. N. Malleswara Rao, S. Arasaretnam, B. Balaraju and  A. V. Sesha Sainath. Glucose based macromolecular architectures syntheses, characterization and their cell-binding studies, International Conference on Advancement in Polymeric Materials, Proceedings (APM-2016), Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India, Ahmadabad, India, Feb 12-14, [192-193], 2016.
  • S. Arasaretnam, N. N. Malleswara Rao, Annadanam V. Sesha Sainath. Pinus radiata Bark Extracted Polyphenols Modification for Processable Thermoplastics, International Conference on Science and Engineering of Materials for Future Needs-2015, [ICSEMF -2015], 21-22 December 2015, Khammam, India.
  • V. Sesha Sainath, B. Balaraju, N. N. Malleswara Rao, V. Santosh, J. Gopinath, S. Arasaretnam. Selective Functional Group Incorporation into Macromolecular Architecture and Their Role in Applications, International Conference on Science and Engineering of Materials for Future Needs -2015, [ICSEMF -2015], 21-22 December 2015, Khammam, India
  • S. Arasaretnam, S. Thevakumar, Hardness in drinking well water in various regions of Sri Lanka, proceedings of the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions, Sri Lanka, Vol.19, 5th and 6th November 2015.
  • S. Arasaretnam, S. Thevakumar.  Determination of iron content in selected edible vegetables by using simple colorimetric method in two locations of Batticaloa District. Proceedings of the 2nd International conference on multidisciplinary approaches-2015 (iCMA 2015), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 239, 11-12 September 2015
  • S. Arasaretnam, S. Sathees and S. Malavipathirana. Characterization of paper Mill effluent and investigation of the synergistic impact at Valaichchenai due to other anthropogenic inputs, Symposium Proceedings, Third International Symposium on Water Quality and Human Health: Challenges Ahead, 27 & 28 June, PGIS, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, [43], 2014.
  • S. Arasaretnam, S. Saranya and S. Premkumar. A Comparison of Accumulation of Heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Hg and Cr) in soil and selected vegetables from Kaluthavalai farms in Batticaloa District, International Conference of Agricultural Sciences-2014, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, [73], 2014
  • S. Arasaretnam. A preliminary study on cadmium levels in selected imported sugars obtained in the Batticaloa Town, Second Annual Science Research Sessions-2013, South Eastern University, Sri Lanka, [08] 2013.
  • S. Arasaretnam, S. Thevakumar. A preliminary investigation on some selected drinking water quality parameters at three locations around Batticaloa, Second Annual Science Research Sessions-2013 , South Eastern University, Sri Lanka, [13] 2013
  • S. Arasaretnam, L. Karunanayake. Studies on the kinetics of epoxidation of soybean oil using synthetic cationic exchange resin, International Symposium on Polymer Science & Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, ISSN: 2279-2317, [14] 2012
  • S. Arasaretnam, and L Karunanayake. Synthesis, characterization and metal adsorption of Tannin Phenol Formaldehyde resin obtained from flower buds of Terminalia chebula. SLAAS, 64th Annual Sessions, part-I, Abstract, 169, 2008.
  • S. Arasaretnam, L Karunanayaka, P Manoharan. Formaldehyde based resins prepared using tannin obtained from bark of  Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.). SLAAS. 2006.
  • Arasaretnam S, Sathananthan T, and Chandralal H.N.K.K. Study of heat sensitive gelation of natural rubber latex using Poly Vinyl Methyl Ether (PVME), 4th Annual Research Session (ARS), EUSL,22,  2005.

TEXT BOOKS

  1. Arasaretnam, S. Text book for Undergraduate titled Fundamentals of Polymer Chemistry, Publisher: Kumaran Press Private Limited.2018, ISBN: 978-955-986-941-2. 
  2. Arasaretnam, S. Text book for Concise Boron Chemistry for undergraduate, 2018, ISBN: 978-955-98694-2-9.

Research Interest

  • Extracted Polyphenols Modification for Processable Thermoplastics
  • Selective Functional Group Incorporation into Macromolecular Architecture and Their Role in Applications
  • Synthesis, Characterization and Metal adsorption of Formaldehyde based resin obtained from tannin available plant sources.
  • Computational Chemistry and Spectroscopy approach to study the reactions of some polyphenolic compounds with formaldehyde.Polymer Chemistry.
  • Water quality Analysis

Teaching

• Conduct lectures and practical sessions for undergraduate and post-graduate students in polymer, organic, inorganic and science education.

CH 101 Periodicity and Bonding B. SC ( Internal and External)
CH 151 Inorganic Analysis: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis B. SC ( Internal and External)
CH 105 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry B. SC ( Internal and External)
CH 201 Co-ordination Chemistry and Group Chemistry B. SC ( Internal and External)
CH 204 Reaction Mechanism and Aromaticity B. SC ( Internal and External)
CH 205 Boron Chemistry and Silicates B. SC ( Internal and External)
CH 301 Chemistry of Natural Products B. SC ( Internal and External)
CH 354 Inorganic Chemistry B. SC ( Internal and External)
CHS 01 Inorganic Chemistry I B. SC ( Special Degree)
CHS 51 Inorganic Chemistry (practical) B. SC ( Special Degree)
CHS 16 Polymer Chemistry B. SC ( Special Degree)
CHS 51 Inorganic Chemistry (practical) B. SC ( Special Degree)
CHS 18 Research Project and Seminar B. SC ( Special Degree)

• Supervise graduate and undergraduate students’ research.
• Conduct training programs for teachers and trainers in promoting Inorganic chemistry.

Awards

  • Research Training Fellowship for Development Country Scientists (RTF-DCS) (2015).
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), Hyderabad, India.
  • Presidential Award for Scientific Publications 2015.
  • Merit Award for Scientific Publication (2015). National Research Council (NRC), Sri Lanka.
  • Research Scholarships (2007). National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka (NSF) for PhD Studies.

Positions Held

UNIVERSITY LEVEL CONTRIBUTION

  1. Director, Staff Development Center (SDC), Eastern University, Sri Lanka. (2018 to Present).
  2. Member of Curriculum Review Committee, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, 2021
  3. Head, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. (2011 to 2014).
  4. Editor in-Chief for Journal of Science, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. (2015 to present).
  5. Activity Coordinator, AHEAD, ELTA ELSE, Faculty Development Project Grant, World Bank Grant. (2020 to 2025). 
  6. Co-ordinator for Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes, Faculty of Science, 2018 to up to date.
  7. Member of the steering committee for the procumbent of equipment of the Faculty of Technology through AHEAD project, 2020.
  8. Editorial Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Science, 2016.
  9. Member, Board of study/Faculty of Science for External Degree programme. (2011-2014).
  10. Member, sports advisory board, Eastern University, Sri Lanka (2014).
  11. Elected member to the campus board of the Trincomalee Campus, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, (2013).
  12. Member, Higher degree Committee, Faculty of science, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. (2014 to 2015).
  13. Member, Convocation committee, Eastern University, Sri Lanka (2014).
  14. Member, International conference, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, (ICE -2013).
  15. Chairman/Member, Technical Evaluation Committee, Operational Technical Secretariat (OTS), HETC project. (2013 to present).
  16. Coordinator and proposal writer for Diploma in Laboratory Technology (D.L.T). (2019 to 2020). 
  17. Editor for development of By-Laws for Postgraduate Degree Research prosopectus-2017.
  18. Nominee for faculty level Gender Equity & Equality Cell (GGE)-2016.
  19. Examiner for Post of Trainee Technical Officer-2016, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  20. Chairperson, Board of Study on B.Sc. in Financial Engineering. (2011 to 2018).
  21. Student counselor, Faculty of Science, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, (2010 to 2016). 
  22. Technical coordinator, Environmental Testing Unit (ETU), Eastern University, Sri Lanka (2009 to 2017).
  23. External Examiner for undergraduate Research forum of Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  24. Resource person, G.C.E (A/L) Chemistry Teachers- Eastern Province (2015).
  25. Coordinator, 10th Annual Research Session (ARS), Eastern University, Sri Lanka, (2011).
  26. Co-Supervisor, Australian National Chemistry Quiz contest (2012- present).
  27. Judge for Science Laboratory competition in school level-2009.
  28. Coordinator, Post Graduate Research Degree. (2019 to present).
  29. Member of Coordinating Committee, External Degree Program, Faculty of Science. From (2014 to present).
  30. Student Counsellor, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. (2010 to 2014).
  31. Academic Advisor & Students’ mentors. Faculty of Science. (2019 to present).
  32. A member of the Self Evaluation Report writing team for Faculty of Science for the program review, 2020.
  33. Chairman and members of Technical Evaluation committee under DOR STEM AHEAD Project, 2020 to 2025.

NATIONAL LEVEL CONTRIBUTION

  1. University Grant commission (UGC) Nominee for selection committee for the post of Chief Technical Officer, University of Jaffna, 2020.
  2. University Grant commission (UGC) Nominee for selection committee for the post of Senior staff Technical officer, University of Jaffna, 2020.
  3. Program Reviewer, Quality Assurance Council, University Grant Commission, 2018, 2019 and 2020, 2021.
  4. Research proposal Reviewer.  Proposal evaluator for Department/Unit-level ELTA-ELSE DPs under Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operation to Universities and Higher Education Institutions, Ministry of Higher Education and Highways, University Grants Commission, 2020.
  5. Research proposal Reviewer.  Proposal Evaluator for AHEAD DOR/STEM proposals, Results Area Three: Promote Research, Development and Innovation, Development Oriented Research Grants (DOR Grants) under Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD), Ministry of Higher Education and Highways, University Grants Commission, 2020.
  6. Chief Examiner.  Chemistry, G.C.E. Advance Level Examination, 2019 to 2020.
  7. Proposal Writer. A faculty proposal writer for Faculty Development Projects, Results Area Two: Improve the Quality of Higher Education, Enriching Learning, Teaching, Assessment and English Language Skills Enhancement (ELTA-ELSE) DPs under Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operation to Universities and Higher Education Institutions, 2018.
  8. Proposal writer for Department/Unit Development Projects, Results Area Two: Improve the Quality of Higher Education, Enriching Learning, Teaching, Assessment and English Language Skills Enhancement (ELTA-ELSE) DPs under Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operation to Universities and Higher Education Institutions, 2018.
  9. Co-controller. G.C.E (A/L) practical examination, for Bio System Technology Division, 2018.
  10. Session Chair, AIMR’20, 2nd  Asia International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research 2020 (AIMR’20) on 10th December 2020, Colombo. The International Research & Development Institution, ISBN 978-955-3751-03-4