Dr Pre De Silva - Nat Sch Science (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Pre De Silva is a Chemist in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at North Sydney campus of the Australian Catholic University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Aberdeen (UK). Before joining ACU she worked as a Lecturer at the University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka), as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Lancaster (UK) and then as a Research Scientist in the Manufacturing and Materials Division at CSIRO.
Dr De Silva has extensive research experience in wider areas of chemistry. This includes the development of Eco-Friendly, Low-carbon binders (inorganic polymers) using industrial wastes, development of biomaterials in medical and dental applications, Waste waster purification technologies, CO2 mineral sequestration, Oil spill clean-up technologies and radioactive waste immobilization. She has served as a consultant for a number of industry based projects in the above areas.


Phone :2346 (North Sydney)
Email :pre.desilva@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Inorganic polymers (geopolymers) ; Inorganic polymers for biomaterials ; radioactive waste immobilization ; oil spill cleanup ; CO2 mineral sequestration ; wastewater purification ;

Methods Expertise

Xray Diffraction ; Electron microscopy ; NMR ; IR ; ICP ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Application of geopolymers in nuclear waste immobilisation; Role of different anions. (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Application of geopolymer binders in nuclear waste immobilization (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Effect of High Speed mixing on Properties of High Calcium Fly ash geopolymer Paste, in Arabian journal of Science and Engineering

Sulphate Resistance of Clay-Portland system and Clay-High calcium Flyash Geopolymer system, in Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering


The Role of Si02 and Al203 on the Properties of Geopolymers with and without Calcium, in Developments in Strategic Materials and Computational Design IV: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, 2013, Volume 34, Issue 10, pp 25-35


Chemical, Microstructural and Strength development of calcium and magnesium carbonate binders, in Cement and Concrete Research (2009) 39, 460a??465

The role of Oxides on the amorphous a?? crystalline phase transformation in geopolymers, in Journal of the Aus. Ceram. Soc (2009) 45, 63-71


The medium term stability of Na2O-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O geopolymer phases, in Cement and Concrete Research, (2008) 38 /6, 870-876

The effect of Al and Si on setting and hardening of Na2O-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O geopolymer systems, in Journal of the Aus. Ceram. Soc (2008) 44 (1), 39-46


Kinetics of Geopolymerisation: Role of Al2O3 and SiO2a?? , in Cement and Concrete Research, (2007) 37, 512-518

Carbonate binders by cold sintering of calcium carbonate, in Journal of Material Science, (2007) 42 (16), 6792-6797


Carbonate binders: Kinetics, strength and microstructure, in Cement and Concrete Composites, 2006, 28, 613-620