MS in Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University
BE in Chemcial Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Samaratunga A., Kudina O., Nahar N.d, Zakharchenko A., Minko S., Voronov A., Pryor S. (2015) Impact of enzyme loading on efficacy and recovery of cellulolytic enzymes immobilized on enzymogel nanoparticles, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 175 (6) pp. 2872-2882.
Samaratunga A., Kudina O., Nahar N., Zakharchenko A., Minko S., Voronov A., Pryor S. (2015) Modeling the effect of pH and temperature for cellulases immobilized on enzymogel nanoparticles, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 176 (4) pp. 1114-1130.
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Ashani is currently a PhD candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Old Dominion University (ODU). She obtained her MS in Biosystems Engineering from the North Dakota State University (NDSU) and her BEng(Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Ashani has also completed an internship at the Food Technology Division of the Industrial Technology Institute (formerly Ceylon Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Ashani’s research at NDSU was on an application to reduce production cost of cellulosic biofuels by recovering and reusing cellulase enzymes. The thesis title was 'Efficacy and Recovery of Cellulases Immobilized on Polymer Brushes Grafted on Silica Nanoparticles'. At ODU’s Biomass Research Lab, she is continuing on research to make more economical biofuels and to make biorefineries more profitable with research in recovering value added bioproducts. She is working on fractionating fermentable sugars for biofuels and bioproducts via Flash Hydrolysis of microalgae biomass, where a lipids rich solids fraction is also recovered to produce microalgae biodiesel or jet fuels. Ashani is also working on overcoming challenges faced during thermochemical pretreatment of benthic polyculture biomass from algal turf scrubbers used for wastewater remediation to produce biofuels and bioproducts.
Ashani is currently undergoing a 5 month internship, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), at Solvay Group’s Research and Innovation Center in Bristol, PA.