Thiloka Kariyawasam

Dr Thiloka Kariyawasam

Postdoctoral researcher (organic-analytical chemistry)

Gulbali Institute

  • Wagga Wagga


Thiloka was awarded her PhD in chemical sciences at Charles Sturt in 2023 and currently works as a Gulbali post-doctoral research fellow. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, a graduate ship in chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon and a Master of Philosophy in Chemistry at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She has been involved in chemistry teaching at the undergraduate level and research for over nine years.

Her BSc, MPhil and PhD research projects led her to develop an interest in the fields of organic analytical chemistry and natural product chemistry. More recently, Thiloka has been actively involved in research activities pertaining to wine chemistry.

  • Environmental analytical chemistry
  • Natural product chemistry
Full publications list on CRO

Recent  publications

Kariyawasam, T., Doran, G., Prenzler, P., Howitt, J., & Stodart, B. (2023). Effect of eucalyptus saponin and sophorolipid amendment on soil and sediment microbial communities and seed germination: potential application for PAH bioremediation. Journal of Soils and Sediments.

Kariyawasam, T., Prenzler, P. D., Howitt, J. A., & Doran, G. S. (2023). Eucalyptus saponin- and sophorolipid-mediated desorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from contaminated soil and sediment. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 30(8), 21638-21653. Advance online publication.

Kariyawasam, T., Doran, G., Prenzler, P., & Howitt, J. (2023). Optimization and comparison of microwave-assisted extraction, supercritical fluid extraction and eucalyptus oil-assisted extraction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from soil and sediment. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 42(5), 982-994.

Kariyawasam, T. (2023). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon contamination in soils and sediments: Sustainable approaches for extraction and remediation. [Doctoral Thesis, Charles Sturt University]. Charles Sturt University.