Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is a rapidly growing discipline bringing new discoveries theories, and scientific applications that ultimately benefit society. It is necessary for practicing chemists to be proficient in a wide range of chemical disciplines in order to address the important problems that lie at the interface of chemistry and closely related disciplines.

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura offers courses that incorporate the most recent advances in the discipline and provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of chemistry and a choice of more specialized optional courses which cover a wide range of topics to suit their future goals. Academic programs in chemistry are designed to meet the needs of the country and make the students prepared to seek employment with confidence.

Since 2004, the department of Chemistry offers the subject of Polymer Science and Technology also as a subject for the general degree. The course consists of course work, practical classes and a research component geared towards training Polymer Scientists/Technologists, Quality Control Officers, Plant Managers, etc. needed for industries dealing with plastic and rubber products.

The vision of the department is to contribute to national development, scientific advancement and professional development by providing up to date training and opportunities to students to become efficient and successful professionals.

Course Syllabi

* Chemistry-General Degree

* Chemistry-Special Degree

* Industrial Chemistry-Special Degree


Register online now for the 2018/2019 M.Sc. Degree/Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Analytical Chemistry

Best Performance Awards 2018/19

“Best Performance Awards” for the academic year 2018/19 were awarded at the 45th convocation 2019 to the Chemistry Honors degree students.

Miss A.A.D.T. Abeysinghe (left-AS2014002) has received the medal for Organic Chemistry and Miss K.D.M.B. Dharmasiri (right-AS2014042) has received two medals for Inorganic and Physical Chemistry for the academic excellency in B.Sc. Chemistry (Honors) degree program


The Department of Chemistry will be happy to hear from individuals intended in joining us with specialization in the following area: Inorganic Chemistry. Please write to Head of the Department for more details. Any recruitment made will be only after formal advertisement of vacancies.

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Ms. Dharani Abeysinghe and Ms. Vidumini Samarasiri represented the 258th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, California, USA.

The ACS International Student Chapter - Dept. of Chemistry at University of Sri Jayewardenepura has been selected to receive a complete sponsorship to attend the 258th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, California, USA taking place from August 25th - 29th, 2019. Ms. Dharani Abeysinghe (Biological Chemistry Division) and Ms. Vidumini Samarasiri (Environmental Chemistry Division) were selected and presented at the relevant undergraduate poster sessions permitting the opportunity to interact with other student members and chemistry professionals, as well as to attend several undergraduate/graduate events and represented the ACS Student Chapter at University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Biannually, American Chemical Society (ACS) hosts a national meeting with five days of symposia, tutorials, and poster sessions that cover every area of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences. A comprehensive National Meeting Exposition delivers additional value to meeting attendees, featuring more than 250 scientific companies. At each meeting, the ACS Career Navigator hosts a career fair for ACS members, leadership courses and short courses with renowned instructors and career workshops. The ACS national meeting attendees have the opportunity to share research findings, explore solutions and network with chemists, chemical engineers, allied professionals, students and educators from around the world. This was considered as an excellent platform for University of Sri Jayewardenepura to become integrated into the global chemistry landscape, present research and familiarize with ACS.