• 2019
    The National Research Council Merit Award for Scientific Publication-2016 for Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging 2016, Vol 11, Iss 6, pp492-505. (Sri Lanka)
  • 2016
    Recipient of Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) by the University of Colombo and accredited by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), UK
  • 2014
    Wenner-Gren Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sweden
  • 2013
    Summer 2013 Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2012
    ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award
  • 2010
    American Foundation for Aging Research (AFAR) Award
  • 2006
    Dharmachandra & Tamarasa Gunawardhana Memorial Gold Medal for Analytical Chemistry awarded by the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka on the results of the B.Sc. special degree in chemistry
  • 2006
    Merit award for the inter-university chemistry competition by the Sri Lankan section of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1999,1998
    Credit awards from Australian Chemistry Quiz and International Competitions for Schools Science by Royal Australian Chemical Institute and The University of New South Wales, respectively


  • 2016
    University Research Grants (AP/3/2/2016/SG/18); Investigator: S. M. Vithanarachchi; Co-investigator: R. D. Wijesekera; Title: Synthesis and evaluation of Cu(II)-selective fluorescence sensors
  • 2020
    University Research Grants (AP/3/2/2020/SG/23); Investigator: S. M. Vithanarachchi; Title: Development of degradable polymer films and coatings using extracts from agro- and fish-wastes produced in Sri Lanka