Condensed Matter Physics and Solid State Chemistry
Majoring in Physics, Professor Lakshman Dissanayake got his B.Sc. (Honours) (1970) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and his MS and PhD (1977) in Experimental Solid State Physics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A. He is currently a Research Professor at the Condensed Matter Physics Division, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Prof Dissanayake was awarded the Emeritus Professorship by University of Peradeniya in 2011.
Prof Dissanayake worked as a Senior Professor in Physics at the University of Peradeniya and retired on 30th September 2010. He was also the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), at the University of Peradeniya (2003-2008).He has been the Chairman of the Board of Study in Science Education, Postgraduate Institute of Science(PGIS) of the University of Peradeniya since 1997. Prof Dissanayake held the post of Chairman of the Asian Physics Education Network (ASPEN) from 2003 to 2007. He is also an Associate Member of the International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE) affiliated to IUPAP.
Professor Dissanayake has more than 40 years of undergraduate teaching and about 20 years of graduate level teaching experience. He has won many awards through the years as a great teacher and a scientist: He won the CVCD (Committee of Vice Chancellors and Directors) Award for the Most Outstanding Researcher, Physical Sciences, Senior Researcher Category-2010: awarded by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka on 16th December 2010. Prof Dissanayake was awarded the Sri Lanka National Award “Vidya Nidhi” by Her Excellency the President of Sri Lanka in October 2005 in recognition of the scientific achievements and contribution to national development in the area of science, scientific research and science education.
Professor Dissanayake has made a number of significant contributions to secondary education in Sri Lanka. He is the author of seven very popular Physics textbooks written in Sinhalese for GCE Advanced Level students. These books are now widely used by students and teachers in AdvancedLlevel classes.
Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake
National Institute of Fundamental Studies Hanthana Road, Kandy (20000) Sri Lanka
Experimental Solid State Physics, Physics Education Research Topics: Synthesis and characterization of Nano-composite solid polymer electrolytes, Solid Electrolytes, Polymer Electrolytes, Cathode Materials; Solid State Batteries, High Temperature Superconductors, Solar Cell Materials and Dye sensitized solar cells, Optical Properties of Solids and Photovoltaic Semiconductors; Physics Education and Science Education.