Feb 08, Colombo: A Sri Lankan woman scientist is named one of the five winners of the 2021 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for their research in chemistry, mathematics and physics.
Senior Lecturer Imalka Munaweera of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka has been recognized in the inorganic and materials-chemistry field for her work in the area of synthetic chemistry and materials specially in fabricating different functionalized materials, nanoparticles, nanocomposite for various industrial applications.
According to Elsevier release, she is also interested in nanotechnology for drug delivery/pharmaceutical applications, agricultural applications and water purification applications.
"Winning this award is one of the biggest achievements in my life. Professionally, the prize makes me feel like I am an important person to the world as far as my research achievements are concerned, and I am so excited and motivated to conduct a lot of impactful research which brings solutions to the burning issues in the world. Also, the professional audience will warmly welcome me to conduct collaborative research since I am an OWSD-Elsevier Foundation prize winner" Dr. Munaweera was quoted.
This year the five winning scholars are from Ghana, Guatemala, Mongolia, Palestine and Sri Lanka. The prize also acknowledges the scientists’ commitment to leading and mentoring young scientists and improving the quality of life of those in their communities and regions.