Success Stories

Most Remarkable Inventions and Innovations of Japura             

Research carried out by university of Sri Jayewardenepura staff and students has made an enormous impact over the decades. You can explore some of the more recent examples in the J’pura Innovations and Inventions. This page features some of our significant successes in recent years.  Our Innovations have in transferring both technology and expertise to external organisations for social and economic benefit.

Scientists at the Centre for Dengue Research at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, make a breakthrough discovery about how certain antibodies give rise to severe dengue

Japura scientists break the historical records,

 Cure for Dengu……

The scientists at the Center for Dengue Research of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura have found that the antibodies directed to a certain dengue protein, NS1 is likely to determine the outcome of the disease among individuals who are infected with the dengue virus. Their research findings have been published in the world renowned scientific journal, Nature Communications.

Dr. Bawantha Gamage, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Surgery

Best Surgical Team Of The Year 2018

Japura Surgical Team

Dr. Bawantha Gamage, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura has won the best surgical Team of the year 2018 award for his commitment and dedication in implementing the modified Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (mERAS) protocol in managing patients with colorectal cancer in Sri Lanka.

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Three USJP Management Undergraduates won RB Global Challenge 2018

Global Champs of Japura;

Japura students defeated 19 countries in UK

Virgin Fernando of the Department of Business Economics,  Madusha de Silva of the Department of  Finance, and  Umendra Abeynayeke of the Department of CommerceFaculty of Management Studies and Commerce representing Sri Lanka marked their victory at the RB Global Challenge 2018 held in the United Kingdom on 28th and 29th November 2018.

RB Global Challenge is a global competition organized by the Reckitt Benckiser where the young students all around the world have to present their own self-sustaining projects with the purpose of creating a greater social impact while addressing the current social issues in their respective countries.

J’apura won a Gold Medal  @APICTA  

Mr. Dulan Dias won the Silver award for “Komposer – Automated Musical Note Generation based on Lyrics with Recurrent Neural Networks” while Mr. Priyankan Kirupaharan won the bronze award for ” Mobile Application to Identify Fish Species”. Both students are from the Department of Computer Science, and both projects were supervised by Dr. T.G.I. Fernando, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science.  Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Mr. Dulan Dias was able to bring glory to the Country and University by winning the Gold Medal of the Tertiary Category at the APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT  Awards) 2018 event held in China. Dulan was one of the three nominees from Sri Lanka under the tertiary category but managed to win over the tough competition from the 17 member economies of APICTA which include China, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Innovation and Venture Creation Council

Japura invention:

Nitrile Rubber Paver (Brick) from waste Nitrile Butadiene rubber (NBR)

Patents Dr Rajitha Gunaratne (Bsc.MSc.PhD.) Faculty of Technology University of Sri Jayewardenepura 19709 – Production of Nitrile Rubber Paver (Brick) from waste Nitrile Butadiene rubber (NBR) and Waste Nylon without gamma irradiation 197 I 0 – Production of Nitrile Rubber Paver (Brick) from waste Nitrile Butadiene rubber (NBR) and Waste Nylon with gamma irradiation I 97 I I – Production of Nitrile Rubber Paver (Brick) from only waste Nitrile Butadiene rubber (NBR) We have developed a new rubber paver with crushed Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR). These NBR was collected from waste material from the glove manufacturing process as waste NBR. NBR is collected through coagulation process. To improve their crosslinking properties a gamma irradiation process was undergoes for above material. From this a light weight rubber paver can be manufactured. (Dimensions: length- 195 ± 5 mm, width- 95± 5 mm, height- 50± 5 mm.).

Low cost Li-ion/S rechargeable batteries using ilmenite

Highlights of the invention

  1. Battery has been designed with environmental friendly materials under normal laboratory conditions which is low cost and with high safety.
  2. The composite anode cell has demonstrated fast discharge of high current for a short period of time.
  3. The anode prepared with ilmenite has demonstrated slow discharge of small current for a long period of time.
  4. Designed battery can be discharged and recharged number of times without losing its performance.

Metal complexes for therapeutic and diagnostic applications

Our research focus is application oriented synthesis and characterization of novel metal ligand systems with potent anticancer activity and biomolecular imaging ability.

We have been able to formulate a novel potent therapeutic agent for breast cancer through targeting sigma receptors which are over expressed in breast cancer cells. We have also explored the ability of these metal complexes to serve as biological imaging agents. Currently we have some exciting work lined up to explore the use of metal complexes in tracking the various stages of cell apoptosis.

4 patents approved for  Slow Release Nanofertilizer

A novel urea based efficient and slow release nanofertilizer has been synthesized.

The process has been scaled up and tested the efficacy of the fertilizer for rice and tea at farmers field level.

Yield improvements up to 15% has been realized with 25-50% reduction of the fertilizer usage.

A novel tridentate ligand and its fac-Re(CO) 3 L complex as potential imaging and therapeutic agents for lung cancer

A novel napthlane-derivatized ligand and its rhenium tricarbonyl complex have

been synthesized and characterized. Biological studies have shown promising

results where NCI-H292 cells treated with the metal complex indicated apparent

morphological changes, such as cell shrinkage, reduction in cell volume and

irregular cell shapes, which are indicative of apoptoic cell death. Thus, these

compounds could be further investigated as therapeutic agents for lung cancer.

We have been able to formulate a novel potent therapeutic agent for breast cancer through targeting sigma receptors which are over expressed in breast cancer cells. We have also explored the ability of these metal complexes to serve as biological imaging agents. Currently we have some exciting work lined up to explore the use of metal complexes in tracking the various stages of cell apoptosis.

RICE BASED PRODUCTS FROM J’apura

Sri Lankan traditional rice varieties composed of high amount of nutritional values, antioxidant, anti-amylase and anti-glycation activities.  compared to enriched varieties.

Also, due to the high consumer interest to ready-to-eat snack product, a novel vegetarian cereal bar has developed .

Green leafy porridges made with leaf water extracts, rice and coconut milk are common Sri Lankan dietary remedies. They are good source of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients.The porridge made of green leaves consumed as breakfast as a practised by most Sri Lankans since ancient times. By preparing rice based porridges and using the knowledge of indigenous medicine health benefits of these porridges can be studied.

Sandeshawali Kawinaluwa (සන්දෙශාවලි කවිනළුව)

Sandeshavali Kavi Naluva is founded on Sandesha Kavya, namely; Paravi Sandeshaya, Kokila Sandeshaya, Selalihini SandeshayaGira Sandeshaya and Hansa Sandeshaya written during the Kotte period of the Sri Lankan history. The performance, specifically set against the backdrop of the reign of the king Parakramabahu VI of the kingdom of Kotte during 1412-1467, draws on the traditions of Musical Theatre and Poetic Drama. It enacts the core of the Sandesha Kavya, and portrays on-stage a significant facet of the Sri Lankan literary history to the 21st century audience.

Sandeshawali Kawinaluwa

Wine from Wild Grape Berries

Ampelocissus indica (L.) planch is a wild grape, native to Asia that has not yet
been adequately recognized by researchers. This species is abundant in the
Southern Province of Sri Lanka. As a value added product, wine samples were
prepared using fruit of wild grapes and a few wine quality parameters were
analyzed proposed by Jean L. Jacobson. Acid level/ titrable acidity, pH level,
Specific gravity and Alcohol content (v/v) of wine samples prepared from wild
grape berries were 0.72 g L -1 , 3.12, 0.9823 and 13.85 % respectively. It shows that
the qualities of wine samples prepared from wild grapes are comparable within the
standard quality parameter limits as well as with the normal European grape wine
sample qualities.

Dr Champa D.Jayaweera