SLINTEC launches certificate course in nanotechnology
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) will launch a certificate course in nanotechnology which will be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

The course will be conducted over four Saturdays starting 9 January 2016 by senior SLINTEC personnel and will introduce the underlying principles and applications of the emerging fields of nanotechnology and nanoscience.

Course instruction will be delivered through a combination of lectures and practical sessions bringing together relevant knowledge from physics, chemistry and biology to provide a fundamental understanding of the integrated multidisciplinary nature of nanotechnology.

Course content includes topics such as an introduction to nanotechnology, applications of various nanomaterials, fabrication methods in nanotechnology and characterisation methods in nanotechnology (XRD, AFM, SEM and TEM).

Students completing the course can expect to acquire a working knowledge of nanotechnology principles and an appreciation for its application in the industry. Although it primarily targets BSc graduates and researchers in the private sector, government sector and academic institutions, anyone interested in acquiring an understanding of nanotechnology and its applications is encouraged to attend the course.

SLINTEC was established in 2008 as a public-private partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka and six private companies, namely MAS Holdings, Brandix, Dialog, Hayleys, Loadstar and Lankem. Its mandate is to add value to Sri Lankan industries by helping them contribute to the GDP through innovations in nanotechnology and advanced technologies.”

SLINTEC Collaborates with Hemas Consumer Brands to Add Variety to Emerging Local Personal Care Product Market
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) and Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt.) Ltd. have entered into a research agreement to expand the Hemas’ personal care product portfolio by adding a revitalizing skin care solution with scientifically proven efficacy.

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Photo caption: Mr. Roy Joseph Managing Director Hemas Manufacturing, exchanges the signed agreement with Mr. Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne, Chief Executive Officer of SLINTEC on 15th of October, 2015.

SLINTEC is a public-private partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka and major players in the private sector; namely MAS Holdings, Brandix, Dialog, Hayleys, Loadstar and Lankem. SLINTEC is committed to assist the local industries in improving and developing products and processes to meet the demands of the local and international markets using nanotechnology and other advanced technology solutions.

Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt.) Ltd. is one of the key subsidiaries of Hemas Group and is driven by innovative brands such as Velvet, Kumarika, Baby Cheramy, and Clogard that have evolved to become household names. The Group has accelerated its growth strategies within its core business areas whilst developing an innovative culture for future growth. The Hemas Group is one of the leading conglomerates in Sri Lanka with a focus on four key sectors, namely Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Transportation, and Leisure.

Present at the signing of the agreement from left to right were; Director Innovation and New Business of Hemas Dr. Himesh Fernando, Manager Legal Ms. Maheshi Pieries, Head of Corporate Finance Ms. Vathsala Wijekoon, Director R&D Mr. Dimuthu Jayasinghe, Managing Director of Hemas Manufacturing Mr. Roy Joseph, CEO of SLINTEC Mr. Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne, Science Team Leader Prof. Nalin de Silva and representing the Business Development Team, Ms. Rashmi Wijekoon.

SLINTEC signs agreement with CIC Holdings for groundbreaking research
Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) signed a research agreement with CIC Holdings to develop a novel herbicide formulation for CIC’s crop solutions division. This will be one of the first efforts to locally synthesise and formulate an herbicide in Sri Lanka.

SLINTEC is a public-private partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka and major players in the private sector; namely MAS Holdings, Brandix, Dialog, Hayleys, Loadstar and Lankem. SLINTEC is committed to assist the local industries in improving and developing products to meet the demands of the international markets using nanotechnology and other advanced technology solutions. Synthetic Chemistry is the latest program added to the strategic research portfolio of SLINTEC, and interestingly this is the very first commercial engagement under the above category.
CIC Holdings is a leading conglomerate with a diversified industry portfolio ranging from healthcare, consumer products, crop solutions and services. They were recently ranked by Superbrands, as the 4th strongest conglomerate brand. The crop solutions division works closely with farmers and plantation growers to provide the best crops for Sri Lankan consumers.

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CIC Managing Director Samantha Ranatunga exchanges the signed agreement with SLINTEC Chief Executive Officer Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne on 16 September. Present at the signing of the agreement were CIC Managing Director Samantha Ranatunga, Divisional Director Indika Gunawardhana and Manager Regulatory Ranjith Bandara. Representing SLINTEC were CEO Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne, Chief of Research and Innovation Prof. Gehan Amaratunga, Consultant Manju Gunawardene, Associate Director Prof. Veranja Karunaratne, Research Scientist Anjana Delpe Acharige and representing the Business Development Team was Rashmi Wijekoon. Absent was lead senior scientist on the project Dr. Dinara Gunesekera.

SLINTEC to Engage in Commercial Research with DSI
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) and D. Samson Industries (DSI) have signed a research agreement with a view to adding value to the DSI footwear product range. DSI _ SLINTEC for web SLINTEC is a public-private partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka and six private companies, namely MAS Holdings, Brandix, Dialog, Hayleys, Loadstar and Lankem. One of its key directives is to enhance competitiveness of the products of the local industries in the global market, using nanotechnology and advance technologies. DSI is the market leader in manufacturing, retailing and one of the leading exporters of footwear in Sri Lanka. It is also the first local shoe manufacturing plant to receive ISO 9001- 2008 quality certification. Also DSI SAMSON GROUP currently working with University of Moratuwa and University of Colombo for several Research and Development projects. In the Picture are Mr. Kasun Rajapaksha – Managing Director DSI exchanging Agreement with Mr. Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne – Chief Executive Officer of SLINTEC in the presence of SLINTEC Board member Nihal Vitarana and Science Team Leader Prof. K.M. Nalin de Silva and Mr. Ranjith Hettiarachchy Director International Marketing of DSI and the respective teams.

McBertan Collaborates with SLINTEC on Research and Development
Monday, April 20th, 2015

Macbertan (Private) Limited an Associate Company of McLarens Holdings Ltd, signed an Agreement with SLINTEC for Product Development.

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In the Picture are Mrs. Ramani Ponnambalam – Managing Director/CEO Macbertan exchanging Agreement with Mr. Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne – Chief Executive Officer of SLINTEC, Mr. Rohan De Silva Chairman McLarens Holdings Ltd together with SLINTEC and McLarens Teams.

 

SLINTEC to kickstart innovative textile research with Dynawash
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology Pvt Ltd (SLINTEC) and Dynawash Limited have entered into a joint research agreement to develop another revolutionary textile based application. Dynawash has shown great interest in seeking technology advances and we at SLINTEC are excited to partner in this project.

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Present at the signing of agreement from left to right; Senior Scientist at SLINTEC, Dr. Vineetha Thadani, Science Team Leader Prof. K. M. Nalin De Silva, CEO of SLINTEC Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne, Mrs Roshini Sangani, Chairperson of Dynawash, and Managing Director of Dynawash, Shahid Sangani.

SLINTEC Unveils New Chapter in Advanced Textiles with MAS Innovation
Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) and MAS Innovation (Private) Ltd., have entered into a research agreement to enhance odor management properties in polyester garments.

SLINTEC, which specializes in nanotechnology research and development, is focused on making discoveries with worldwide impact. Its mandate is to add value to the Sri Lankan industries by helping them contribute to the GDP through innovations in nanotechnology and other advanced technologies.

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Present at the signing of the agreement from left to right; scientists Danushika Manathunga and Anjula Koswattaarachchi, Anupama Abeygunawardena (Legal Counsel IP, MAS), Chief Technology Officer MAS Innovation Ranil Vitarana, Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne CEO SLINTEC, Science Team Leader Prof. K. M. Nalin de Silva and scientists Ruchira Wijesena, Nadeeka Tissera, and Malsha Udayakantha.

SLINTEC adding value to Orel CFL through nanotechnology
Monday, June 30th, 2014

Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) and Orel Corporation (Pvt.) Limited have entered into a research agreement which focuses on adding new features to its existing CFL bulb range. Mr. Harin De Silva Wijeyeratne, CEO at SLINTEC commented “We are pleased to support the local industry in improving the functionality of their products and we look forward to this engagement”

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Present at the signing of the agreement from left to right Vajira Nugaliyadde, GM Information Systems, R&D Engineer Ravi Chandrasiri, Head of Innovation Center Indika Kulatunga, Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne CEO SLINTEC, Science Team Leader Prof. K. M. Nalin De Silva and scientists Ruchira Wijesena and Nadeeka Tissera. Mr. Manju Gunawardena is a consultant to the project.

SLINTEC and Dept. of Agriculture to conduct nano-fertilizer field trials
Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Initial trials with rice at the Rice Research and Development Institute in Batalagoda indicated that the nano-fertiliser can save urea by about 40%. This is significant considering that during fertilisation up to 70% urea is lost to crops because of leaching and volatilisation.

SLINTEC’s slow release potassium nano-fertiliser systems have also shown great promise is saving up to 50% of K. Considering that the Government spends over Rs. 30 billion on the fertiliser subsidy, even a 10% saving can accrue great benefits to the country’s agriculture sector.

The DOA/SLINTEC collaboration will do extensive field trials on rice, potato, onion, fruits and flowers. SLINTEC hopes to commercialise its fertiliser products through a partnership with Hayleys Agro, which is one of its equity partners.

Slow and controlled release fertilisers are believed to have the potential to address most of the fertilisation challenges, although none of the available systems have shown a greater promise thus far on a global scale.

The emerging nanotechnology based strategies indicate that, due to their nanoscale size (1-100 nm) and high surface area to volume ratio (compared to macro sized conventional fertiliser systems), nano-fertilisers would profoundly impact energy, economy, and environment by reducing nutrient loss due to leaching, emissions, and long-term incorporation by soil micro-organisms.

Nutrients encapsulated in nanoparticles may increase the uptake efficiency by triggering the release according to the environmental conditions and plant demand. In addition, slow and controlled release fertilisers may also improve soil by decreasing adverse effects associated with over application of fertiliser, leading to eco-friendly farming technologies.

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Present at the signing of agreements representing DOA were their Amodha Mayakaduwa, Dr. Priyantha Weerasinghe, Dr. Rohan Wijekoon – Director General(DOA). Representing Ministries were  R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla –  Secretary,  Ministry  of Agriculture, Wasantha Perera, Additional Secretary – Ministry of Technology and Research. Representing SLINTEC were  Prof. Veranja Karunaratne – Science Team Leader, Dr. Nilwala Kottegoda – Senior Research Scientist and Sunanda Gunasekara – Manager -Technical Services.

SLINTEC and Stretchline kick-start joint research
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) and Stretchline Private Ltd. have entered into a joint research agreement to investigate and develop textile processing in an energy efficient manner.

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Present at the signing of agreements representing Stretchline were their Director of Research & Innovation Mr. Krishan Weerawansa and Head of Dyeing Technology Mr. Sasanka Bandara. Representing SLINTEC were CEO Mr. Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne, Science Team leader Prof. Nalin de Silva, Business Development Manager Dr. Himesh Fernando and the science team led by Ruchira Wijesena, Nadeeka Tissera.

Energy is one of the main cost factors in the textile industry. Textile processing is a high energy, water and chemicals intensive activity. Of the different processes within textile processing, ‘dyeing and finishing’ account for a large portion of the total energy, water and chemicals whilst other processes such as yarn spinning, fabric production and garment manufacture account for the remainder.

The new collaboration between SLINTEC and Stretchline will aim to address the issue of high energy consumption and look to improve energy efficiency using nanotechnology solutions. In particular the research intends to investigate the Nylon dyeing process.
SLINTEC CEO Harin De Silva Wijeyeratne said: “Supporting the garment export sector is of particular significance to SLINTEC as the industry is a key contributor to the national economy. Providing local industry with cost effective solutions to meet global price competition is one element of SLINTEC’s mandate.”

Stretchline Director of Research and Innovation Krishan Weerawansa said: “At Stretchline we are firm believers in open innovation as it enables us to meet the rapidly changing needs of our customers in a timely fashion. Stretchline has always strived to minimise the environmental impact of the materials and processes used to bring our innovations to life and working with partners like SLINTEC makes this possible without compromising our offering to the consumer.”

Stretchline Head of Dyeing Technology Sasanka Bandara added: “The predominantly used method of dyeing nylon in the industry has remained essentially unchanged for decades. Breaking this tradition requires challenging the status-quo. We are delighted to be working with SLINTEC in order to explore the possibilities of making this process a more energy efficient one.”
SLINTEC is a public-private partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka and six private companies, namely MAS Holdings, Brandix, Dialog, Hayleys, Loadstar and Lankem. Its mandate is to add value to the Sri Lankan industries by helping them contribute to the GDP through innovations in nanotechnology and advanced technologies.

Stretchline is a leading global brand in narrow fabrics and the world’s largest producer of crochet, woven, jacquard and printed elastic. It is a three way joint venture between Stretchline (UK), MAS Holdings (Sri Lanka) and Brandot International Ltd. (USA) that was first established in 1996. Stretchline is reputed for its innovation and design with patented products such as Fortitube bra-wire casing Locksafe, Bondelast, Stay4Sure elastics as well covered elastomeric yarn. Stretchline has manufacturing plants in Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Honduras, USA and UK which are supported by marketing offices in the US, UK and Hong Kong, enabling the Group to provide needle point support to the world’s leading lingerie and active wear brands