Professor K. M. Nalin de Silva FRSC

Chair Senior Professor of Chemistry

Head of the Department

Department of Chemistry
University of Colombo
Colombo 00300
Sri Lanka

Office: Department of Chemistry- Room No. 115
Work Phone: +94 11-250 3367
Work Fax: +94 11-250 3367

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD 1998

    PhD - (Physical Chemistry)

    Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK

  • BSc 1992

    BSc (Special Degree in Chemistry, First Class)

    University of Colombo

    Research Interests


    • Water purification using advanced materials
    • Applications of nanotechnology in smart textiles including health care textiles
    • Use of nanotechnology for anti-cancer drug delivery
    • Smart Materials for water purification
    • Transdermal Drug Delivery



    Present: 14 Postgraduates (10 PhD + 4 MSc) and 07 undergraduates

    Past (1998 – 2016): Over 140 Undergraduates and 20 postgraduates

    Selected Publications (Total Journal Publications : 78):

    • Colloidal stability of chitin nanofibers in aqueous systems: Effect of pH, ionic strength, temperature & concentration, Ruchira N. Wijesena, Nadeeka Tissera, V.W.S.G. Rathnayaka, Rohini M. de Silva, K.M. Nalin de Silva, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2020, 235, 116024, Publisher: Elsevier, Impact Factor: 6.05
    • Recent developments in the use of organic-inorganic nanohybrids for drug delivery, Danushika C. Mantunga, V. Umayangana Godakanda, Rohini M. de Silva and K.M. Nalin de Silva, WIREs Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology, 2019 (December), 1605. Publisher: Wiley (John Wiley and Sons inc.), Impact Factor: 6.14
    • Tunable drug release from blend poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)-ethyl cellulose nanofibers, V. Umayangana Godakanda, Heyu Li, Laura Alquezar, Lixiang Zhao, Li-Min Zhu, Rohini de Silva, K.M. Nalin de Silva, Gareth R. Williams, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 2019, 562, 172-179. Publisher: Elsevier, Impact Factor: 4.5
    • Drug loaded hallosyte nanotubes reinforced electrospun alginate based nanofibrous scaffolds with sustained antimicrobial protection, Rangika Thilan De Silva, Ranga K. Dissanayake, M. M. M. G. Prasanga Gayanath Mantilaka, W. P. Sanjeewa Lakmal Wijesinghe, Shehan Shalinda Kaleel, Thejani Nisansala Premachandra, Laksiri Weerasinghe, Gehan A. J. Amaratunga, K.M. Nalin de Silva, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2018, 10(40), 33913-33922. Publisher: American Chemical Society (ACS), Impact Factor: 8.46
    • Nano-MgO reinforced chitosan nanocomposites for high performance packaging applications with improved mechanical, thermal and barrier properties, T. De Silva a, M.M.M.G.P.G. Mantilaka , S.P. Ratnayake, G.A.J. Amaratunga , K.M. Nalin de Silva, Carbohydrate Polymers, 157 (2017), 739-747, Publisher: Elsevier, Impact Factor: 6.05
    • Ultrasound energy to accelerate dye uptake and dye–fiber interaction of reactive dye on knitted cotton fabric at low temperatures, Nadeeka D. Tissera, Ruchira N. Wijesena, K.M. Nalin de Silva, Ultrasonics and Sonochemistry, 29 (2016), 270-278., Publisher: Elsevier, Impact Factor: 7.02
    • Long-Chain 3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene/Thiophene Oligomers and Semi conducting Thin Films Prepared by Their Electropolymerization, K.M. Nalin de Silva, Euiyong Hwang, Wilson K. Serem, Frank R. Fronczek, Jayne C. Garno, and Evgueni E. Nesterov, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2012, 4, 5430−5441., Publisher: American Chemical Society (ACS), Impact Factor: 8.46