School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Chinthana Panagamuwa MEng (Hons), DIS, PhD, MIEEE

Photo of Dr Chinthana Panagamuwa

Lecturer in Photonic Systems

Director of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Undergraduate Programmes

Chinthana is a lecturer in Photonic Systems. His research interests are in optically activated semiconductor switches for microwave circuits, devices and antennas. He also conducts research in the area of energy absorbed in the head when using mobile communications devices.

Chinthana is the Coordinating Chair for the Loughbrough Antennas & Propagation Conferences (LAPC)

Chinthana read Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University and was awarded the MEng (Hons) degree in 2000. He also holds a Diploma in Industrial Studies through his placement at GEC-Marconi Electro-Optics. Chinthana completed his PhD on transmission line switching and frequency shifting in dipole antennas using optically activated silicon switches in 2005, also at Loughborough University.

As a Research Associate at Loughborough University, Chinthana developed a low SAR (Specific absorption Rate) dielectrically loaded antenna for mobile phones. In 2007, he joined the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department as a fulltime member of staff becoming a lecturer in Photonic Systems.

Chinthana is in the Communications division. Currently he is investigating the effect a hand holding a mobile phone has on the power absorbed in the users head. He is also working on antennas in spectacles. His PhD students are investigating optically activated semiconductor switches and their use in planar microwave antennas and Human body interaction with Antenna Systems.

Lead Tutor:

  • ELB013 – Engineering Project Management
  • ELC014 - Biophotonics Engineering


  • ELA001 - Circuits

Lab Supervision

  • First year labs on Combinational and Sequential Logic

 Project Supervision

  • Final year project students
  • MSc project students

Selected Publications

Cihangir, A, Ferrero, F, Whittow, WG, Panagamuwa, CJ, Jacquemod, G, Luxey, C, Gianesello, F (2013) Feasibility study of 4G cellular antennas for eyewear communicating devices, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 12, pp.1704-1707

Rabbi, K, Athukorala, L, Budimir, D, Panagamuwa, C, Vardaxoglou, JC (2013) Compact UWB bandpass filter with reconfigurable notched band, Electronics Letters, 49(11), pp.709-711

Kiani, GI, Ford, KL, Olsson, LG, Esselle, KP, Panagamuwa, CJ (2010) Switchable Frequency Selective Surface for Reconfigurable Electromagnetic Architecture of Buildings, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 58(2), pp.581-584