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i'm Madhawa Ranga following BSc. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Moratuwa.

Ama Akka’s Wedding March 30, 2009

Filed under: ama akka,wedding card — madhawa.h @ 6:41 pm

Ama akka who is a good friend of ours had her wedding yesterday (29th of march, 2009).
3 friends including me gave her a beautiful present. This is the greeting card which I made for attaching to it.

Outside of the card.

Inside of the card.

The image was from another site, and I edited it as my requirement.


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H.Madhawa Ranga
"No one knows what he can do till he tries."


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Electron and X-ray microscopy March 26, 2009

Knowledge of the microscopic structure is essential for understanding the properties of materials and to design functional devices. Electron microscopy and X-ray imaging have been used for decades to ‘look’ inside matter. The articles in this Insight aim to illustrate some of the most outstanding advances in instrumentation and computation abilities of these techniques that have led to unprecedented precision in terms of spatial resolution and sensitivity to composition and physical properties.


IMAPS Panelists Address Tough 3-D Challenges March 20, 2009

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TOP STORY… March 19, 2009

A panel of experts at the IMAPS Device Packaging Conference considered the challenges facing 3-D manufacturing, including the role of foundries, assembly and test vendors, EDA tool providers and equipment companies. IBM is planning to use 3-D IC technology in future products, with announcements expected soon, said IMAPS participant David Danovitch, a senior engineer at IBM's Bromont, Canada, facility.


Nanotechnology products in three years

Filed under: NANCO,nano,slintec,sri lanka institution for nanotechnology — madhawa.h @ 3:10 pm

The core team Ravi Fernando, Prof.Veranjan Karunaratne and Prof Ajith de Alwis

At the Biyagama Free Trade Zone, about 20 km east of Colombo, an ambitious and technologically advanced project is taking shape intended to propel Sri Lanka right up in the development of science for commercial use, in the global marketplace.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) is preparing to open by May this year and in two to three years time to produce Sri Lankan nanotechnology intellectual property and patents which deliver a competitive advantage for Sri Lankan industry.“It’s ambitious… but we will get there as our vision is to be the leading research and innovation platform for sustainable nanotechnology in Asia.” believes Ravi Fernando, its CEO, seated in spanking new offices and labs that would be the envy of any local scientist.

“With cutting edge technology, this is the country’s best-kept secret. Sri Lanka has never really had this kind of science and technology infrastructure before,” he said while introducing the core team that would drive the country to be pitted against the best in the West in terms of competitive commercial products.
Currently the team, under a unique public-private partnership project, is putting together a group of Sri Lanka’s best scientists plus a panel of the country’s best brains based overseas and among them, the world’s best.

What is nanotechnology? Prof Veranjan Karunaratne, one of two science team leaders at SLINTEC, explains in common, understandable terms; “Take clothes for example with nanotechnology in it, you may not need the washing machine because of self-cleaning clothes. Any stain or dirt will disappear within 48 hours if left in the sun without washing.” Some of these shirts are already in the global marketplace developed by multinationals.

Ms Gayanie Lokuge

Prof Ravi Silva, Director of Advanced Technology Institute (AT) of the University of Surrey, UK, Prof. Gehan Amaratunga, Professor of Engineering and Chairman Nanotechnology focus group at Cambridge University, Prof Prassana De Silva, Prof. of Chemistry (Queens University of Belfast) and Prof. Kumar Wickremasinghe, IBM Fellow and Senior Manager Nanoscale Science and Technology, make up the 4-member panel of ‘overseas minds’ that would guide the project and the local team. Prof Silva, quoted in a recent publication and one of the initiators of nanotechnology in Sri Lanka, says; “Nanotechnology is about the making of, manipulation and production of goods and services associated with materials that are measured in the dimensions of between one and 100 nanometres. Hence in effect, nanotechnology is about using the smallest building block available to humankind to produce products and service.”

Prof Ajith de Alwis, the other Science Team leader, notes that nanotechnology is a science of chemistry, physics, biology and medicine, put together. Still unsure (what it is)? In another simple explanation of this science for commercial use, Prof de Alwis says,” Nano (combination of atoms) can be used for anything that you see in front of you.” Picture seated inside a bedroom and what you see around – bed, clothes, bottles, cosmetics, clothes rack, cupboards, shoes, etc can have nano in it to enhance its value and longer use. Or picture yourself in a pharmacy – all the medicines can have nanotechnology. It’s the latest and most advanced technology for mankind – and its right here in Sri Lanka.

Initiatives towards taking Sri Lanka to the nanotechnology age came two to three years ago when some top Sri Lankan scientists broached the subject at a Colombo seminar and in discussions with Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana, who has always been keen to increase funding for science and apply the research for commercial use that would benefit the country.

ri Lanka’s best-kept secret comes out
The workstations

The partnership between the government and the private sector (five companies all exposed overseas – Brandix, Dialog, Hayleys, Loadstar and MAS Holdings) is a strictly business arrangement to make it work. The initial investment is Rs 450 million in the first year with Rs 250 million coming from the National Science Council (under the Ministry) while the balance is shared by the five companies (Rs 40 million each). The five companies will own 10% each of the stake, with the balance 50 % held by the government. Separately the government is committed to Rs 5.6 billion investment over five years. SLINTEC will be the research and development arm or incubator while the commercial or production facility is NANCO, the proposed Nanotechnology Centre and the Nanoscience Park on a 50-acre land at the Homagama Industrial Park, which will come up in about three years. SLINTEC, now temporarily housed at the Silueta (Part of MAS Holdings) premises at the Biyagama zone, is also expected to move to the Park in a few years time. Walking into the SLINTEC facility, it looks impressive and like a sophisticated Western lab unit with modern furniture while the lab equipment, among the most expensive and best in the world, has been ordered and due shortly. Every effort is being made to ensure a comfortable and pleasant working environment for the scientists.

More than the furniture or its facilities, the background of the core team and the panel of advisors is very impressive – with two of its advisory team (Prof Gehan Amaratunga and Prof Ravi Silva) along with Prof Ajith de Alwis being PhD’s from the Cambridge University while Mr Fernando has a Post Grad. in Sustainable Business from Cambridge as well. Recruitment for another 10-15 scientists is underway leading, subsequently, to around 40 scientists, essentially with a scientific research background, on the payroll. The staff structure is project-based, meaning recruitment will be for specific projecs, according to Mr Fernando. Most of the staff will come from universities and would be on a contractual basis. At the moment, the five private sector companies have assigned two projects each, totaling 10 projects, to the institute to carry out research, and development leading to innovative nanotechnology that would enhance their products, make it more efficient and competitive in the global marketplace.

Discussing the reasons for the creation of SLINTEC, Prof. Karunaratne said although the government has funded scientific research it has been a neglected issue since there has been no benefit accrued to the country. SLINTEC will fill that gap and make money for the industry using science. Eventually consumers will also benefit.

Failure is not an option in this project, according to both Prof de Alwis from the University of Moratuwa and Prof Karunaratne from the University of Peradeniya. “We must succeed, we have to, there’s a lot riding on this project and we need to make it happen,” one of them said.

Asked why Sri Lanka needs a nanotechnology lab facility when these products are already developed overseas and could be replicated or imported for use, Prof Karunaratne said, “we want to innovate with a view to creating Sri Lankan patents and products through this platform.” He said by 2015, nanotechnology is Globally projected to be a US $ 1 Trillion industry, creating more jobs. “We could be an outsourcing operation to the world. We have good brains and low cost structures.

”SLINTEC CEO Fernando says Sri Lanka has an opportunity to differentiate itself through sustainable nanotechnology that will enhance the environment, not impact on social systems negatively and contribute to economic competitiveness.”

“We have a huge opportunity to take the nation forward through this initiative,” said Ms Gayanie Lokuge, SLINTEC’s HR Manager, “ as we have a data base of 70 Sri Lankan nanotechnology scientists worldwide who will chip in with their time to enable Sri Lankan companies to compete with the best in the world.”


Sri Lanka to set up nanotechnology research institute

(Nanowerk News) The Ministry of Science and Technology of Sri Lanka is ready to launch the nanoscience project together with industrial private sector early next year (i.e. 2009), Secretary to the Ministry A.N.R. Amarathunga told the Sunday Observer.
Under the project two institutions, NANCO and SLINTEC will be set up. NANCO will be the holding company that will own the nano park proposed to be established in Homagama. State of the art laboratories will come up in the park to facilitate private sector companies and other research institutions.
Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC), the research institute will be a joint venture with the private sector. Private sector will invest 50% to set up the SLINTEC which will decide on the salaries and other emoluments to the professionals who will join the institution.
The Institute will conduct research programs directly focused on upgrading the industrial products, initially our main industrial exports. Any innovation of SLINTEC will be used by the private sector partners of the institute. The investment of the project is Rs. five billion.
“The major advantage Sri Lanka tend to gain in this new technology is the human resources we have,” Amarathunga said. Some of the world’s top nano scientists are Sri Lankans who will extend their support to the project. Professors Ravi Silva and Gihan Amarathunge will join from the beginning and Prof. Silva is due here by January next year.
Prof. Silva is presently attached to the University of Surrey and is one members of the five member consultative committee of the UK government on nano technology. Prof. Amarathunge is in the University of Cambridge.
“Sri Lankan nano research will initially focus on industries such as apparel, rubber, ceramic, chemical products such as paints, activated carbon, mineral and herbal products which are the main industries in Sri Lanka.
Nanotechnology research will enable these industries to face the risk and compete globally. For instance our apparel industry is catering for high end niche markets and we are competing in quality and not in volume. Nano technology can be used to produce high quality apparel products. In rubber industry too we can add more value to our rubber products.
Nano technology is a vast area and can be applied in every industry, Amaratunga said. The private companies that will join the project are MAS Holdings, Brandix, Jinasena, Dialog and Sri Lanka Telecom. Some countries have agreed to technically support the project.
Some universities and research institutes have already started training scientists in nano science. SLINTEC will be initially located at Biyagama and later shifted to the nano park in Homagama. once the construction work is completed, which will take around two years,” he said.
“This is the first time the corporate private sector will collaborate with the government in research and development.
Nanotechnology is a new breakthrough in science and if we grab the opportunities at the very beginning the country will benefit immensely. We missed the industrial revolution, electronic revolution, bio revolution and the IT revolution. Many developing countries successfully utilised these technologies in their economic development.
Our objective is to be a leader or at least an equal partner in nano research, Amaratunga said.
Source: Sunday Observer (Gamini Warushamana)


nano Graph March 2, 2009

Filed under: artificial organs,bio engineering,nano,nano technology — madhawa.h @ 4:36 pm

Use of nanotechnology for the use of human organs…