Chamini Karunarathne


FEnEx CRC Scholar

PhD Title: Effects of water quality on mineral hydration in industrial processes for greenhouse gas emission reduction. 

Chamini is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. Prior to that, she completed a Master’s by Research degree at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2022. She completed her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Her research focuses on the impact of water quality (i.e. ionic concentration and water acidification) has on industrial processes for a greener future.  The processes she is investigating for the PhD research are the impact water quality has on green hydrogen production via electrolysers and the impact of water quality on reducing greenhouse gas emissions via mineral hydration.  These processes share common reactive hydration pathways where the impact of water quality can have a profound impact on the long-term efficiency of each process.  Through her research, Chamini aims to contribute to eco-friendly and energy-conserving industrial production in the energy and mining industries for a brighter and green future.