Seminar on Microplastics

29th April 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Date : 29th April 2021
Time : 9.00 a.m. onward
Venue : Institute of Chemistry Ceylon (Webinar will be hosted from the venue)

Microplastics (MPs), present in the environment in different forms as very small pieces, such as fragments,
fibers and foam, are generated from plastics. MPs, which enter natural ecosystems from a variety of sources,
including cosmetics, clothing and industrial operations, have negative impact on the environment as well as
on human health due to high level of fragmentation. It has also been reported that some fiber species and
aquatic organics are contaminated with MPs. Therefore, investigation of occurrence and distribution of MPs
in various matrices, mainly marine and freshwater environments, which are the ultimate sinks of MPs, is
important. Due to ingestion of MPs by a wide range of marine species, effect of MPs pollution on biota as
well as human could be more harmful than predicted. Further, the presence of MPS in various human organs
has already been reported. Detection of MPS in various environmental compartments through reliable means
should thus be developed. Techniques that have been used for their detection include density separation,
Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.
This seminar will focus on generation, chemistry, environmental, health effects and effect on food safety
together with detection methods of Microplastics.



09.00- 09.05 a.m. Welcome Speech
Prof. Sagarika Ekanayaka
President of Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Rajagiriya

09.10- 09.30 a.m. Introduction
Prof. Namal Priyantha
Senior Professor in Chemistry, College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry
Ceylon (on leave from University of Peradeniya)

09.35- 10.05 a.m. Sources and Environmental Effects of Microplastics
Dr. U S K Weliwegamage
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry

10.05 – 10.20 a.m. Tea Break

10.20 – 10.50 a.m. Food Safety and Health Effects
Dr. (Mrs) K A Indika Nirmale
National Cancer Institute, Maharagama

10.55- 11.30 a.m. Marine Pollution due to Microplastics and Remedial Measures
Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara
General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Marine Environment Protection Authority
(MEPA), Ministry of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal &
Public Sanitation, Leave from Department of Oceanography and Marine Geology,
University of Ruhuna

11.35– 12.10 p.m. Marine Pollution of Microplastics in Sri Lanka and China
Ms. Bimali Koongolla
South China Sea Institute of Oceanology,
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences,
Beijing, China

12.10 – 01.00 p.m. Lunch Break

01.00 – 01.30 p.m. Sampling and Detection Methods of Microplastics
Dr. Ranmal Gunathilake
Senior Lecturer, College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon

01.35 – 02.15 p.m. What do You Know about Nanoplastics?
Dr. Nadeesh Adassooriya
Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Faculty of
Engineering, University of Peradeniya.

02.20 – 02.50 p.m. Bioplastics, A Solution for Microplastic Pollution or another problem
Dr. Piyal Ariyananda
Consultant in Sustainable Innovation.

02.50 p.m. Vote of Thanks

Payment details



Late 28/04/2021
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Members of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon  






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Payments can be made to any branch of BOC (Bank of Ceylon) – Account Number: 3271080
Account name – Institute of Chemistry Ceylon
Branch- Rajagiriya
(Online transferring is also allowed)

Once you make the payment please fill the following Google form to get registered.

All participants will receive a certificate and a folder with all presentations via email
For further details please contact the Institute of Chemistry hotline 0112861231 or email us at


29th April 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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