Chemistry

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Professor Upul Wijayantha

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Professor of Physical Chemistry

Upul Wijayantha graduated from University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka in 1993. He read his MPhil at the Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka between 1994-1997 with Professor Kirthi Tennakone. Then, he was awarded a PhD from University of Bath, UK in 2000 for the work he conducted in the area of semiconductor photoelectrochemistry with Professor Laurie Peter. After spending another 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the same research group in Bath, he joined Hydrogen Solar Ltd to develop the photoelectrochemical water splitting technology for production of hydrogen using solar energy. In 2007 he moved to the Department of Chemistry in Loughborough University to take up a Lecturer position. He was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in June 2010 and then to a Personal Reader in July 2012. Most recently, he was promoted to Professor of Physical Chemistry in September 2014.

  • Renewable Energy generation - Photovoltaic Cells, Solar Hydrogen Cells and Thermoelectric devices (Materials, Devices, Characterisation, and Scale Up)
  • Energy Storage – Supercapacitors, Batteries (Materials, Devices, Characterisation, and Scale Up)
  • Energy Conservation - Smart Windows and IR Switchable Windows (Materials, Devices, Characterisation, and Scale Up).
  • CO2 reduction/conversion/trapping (Materials, Devices, Characterisation, and Scale Up).
  • Material Preparation/Processing Under Microwave - for a wide range of applications including energy.

Recent Awards:

  1. Jagdeep Sagu, M.Kose, Upul Wijayantha*, V.McKee, Poster Prize, Great Western Electrochemistry Conference, Bath University 2012, 18th June 2012.
  2. Nirmal Peiris and K.G.U. Wijayantha*, Poster Prize (Postgraduate Presentations) -Industry Research Network Meeting, Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University, 25th April 2012.
  3. Thomas Smith and K.G.U. Wijayantha*, Poster Prize (Postgraduate Presentations) -Industry Research Network Meeting, Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University, 25th April 2012.
  4. Tanveer Pathan, Siva Bohm, Mallika Bohm and Upul Wijayantha*, The Astra Zeneca Prize (Final research project with Tata Steel & the overall performance), Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University, 13th May 2012.
  5. The Solar Soldier Project (conducted with DSTL) listed as the 2nd best amongst the Top ten energy saving military technologies, http://www.army-technology.com/features/featuretop-10-energy-saving-military-technologies/, Army Technology News, 9th December 2011.
  6. Nirmal Peiris, S Senthilarasu, Upul Wijayantha*, 1st Prize (Poster Presentations) –Great Western Electrochemistry Conference, Bath University 2011, 6th June 2011.
  7. Henry Burch, Asif Tahir, Upul Wijayantha* & Bruno Pollet, 1st Prize (Oral Presentations) - Great Western Electrochemistry Conference, Bath University 2011, 6th June 2011.
  8. Nirmal Peiris, S Senthilarasu, Upul Wijayantha*, 2nd Prize (Poster Presentations) -Midland Electrochemistry Conference, Warwick University 2011, 5th May 2011.
  9. Henry Burch, Asif Tahir, Upul Wijayantha* & Bruno Pollet, 2nd Prize (Oral Presentations) - Midland Electrochemistry Conference, Warwick University 2011, 5th May 2011.
  10. Henry Burch, Asif Tahir, Upul Wijayantha* & Bruno Pollet, Runners up Prize (Poster Presentations), Loughborough University Graduate School poster competition 2011, 5th May 2011.
  11. Tom Smith & Upul Wijayantha*, 2nd Prize (Poster Presentations), Loughborough Science Faculty poster competition 2011, 14th April 2011.
  12. Upul Wijayantha & Steve Fletcher, Runners up Prize, Loughborough UniversityEnterprise Awards, Commercialization category 2010, 6th October 2010.
  13. Henry Burch & Upul Wijayantha*, The Astra Zeneca Prize (Poster Presentations), Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University, 13th May 2009.
  14. Sina Saremi & Upul Wijayantha*, 3rd prize (Poster Presentations), Electrochem 09 conference, Manchester University, 17th September 2009.
  15. Ruvini Dharmadasa & Upul Wijayantha*, 1st Prize (Poster Presentations), Great Western Electrochemistry Conference, University of Bath, 6th June 2009.
  • Member, International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE).
  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC).
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
  • Member, Downland Section Trust Committee, RSC (2003-2006).
  • Leadership Award, Institute of Leadership & Management.
  • Member, Electrochemistry Group Committee, RSC (April 2011 – to date).
  • Secretary (Elect), Electrochemistry Group Committee, RSC (Sept 2011 – to date).
  • Panel Member (Finland Science Academy, International Research Collaborations -The British Council, The Estonian Science Foundation, Qatar Science Foundation, The Research Council of Oman, National Science Centre in Poland).
  • A founding member of the scientific program committee of international symposium series on ‘Solar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology’ – I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII August 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 San Diego, CA, USA http://spie.org/app/conferences/index.cfm).

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Energetics and Rates of Change (CMA001)
  • Chemical and Phase Equilibria (CMA004)
  • The Origin and Structure of the Universe (CMA003)
  • Maths for Chemistry (MAA109)
  • Advanced Kinetics and Quantum Mechanics (CMB007) - module coordinator
  • Solutions, Surfaces and Interfaces (CMB009)

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Supervision of BSc final year student projects (typically 3 projects per year)
  • Supervision of MChem final student projects (typically 2-3 projects per year)
  • Supervision of MSc student projects (typically 1-2 projects per year)
  • Supervision of industrial placement students (typically a project per year)