Mr. Asela Sampath Dikkumbura

Lecturer

Chemistry
Faculty of Natural Sciences
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Contact:

Kandy Regional Center,

Office: +1 225 578 3361, Ext: Mobile: +1 225 916 6149

Email: wowsamee@gmail.com wowsamee@gmail.com, asdikkumbura@eiu.edu, adikku2@lsu.edu


EDUCATION:

  • Physical Chemistry PhD student (From August 2016), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Cumulative GPA: 3.97, PhD thesis: The synthesis of core-shell-shell nanoparticles and characterization using laser spectroscopy.

  • M.Sc in Physical Chemistry (May 2016), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA. Cumulative GPA: 3.92, Master’s thesis: Structure and nuclear quadrupole coupling tensors of 1,2-dichloroethane, 1-chloro-2-fluoroethane and 2,3-dichloropropene studied using microwave spectroscopy and computational chemistry.
  • B.Sc (Special) in Chemistry (May 2008), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. Major: Chemistry, Minors: Polymer science and technology and Physics, Status: Second class honors upper division pass, Undergraduate thesis: Preparation of silver nanoparticles and investigation of spectral properties.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY/TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Graduate Assistant (from Fall 2016 to present)
  • Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois, USA. Graduate Assistant (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016)
  • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. Permanent Lecturer (November 2011 – August 2014), Temporary Lecturer (January 2011 – October 2011), Temporary Demonstrator (June 2009 – January 2011)
  • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. Temporary Demonstrator (July 2008 – May 2009)
  • Department of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. Temporary Visiting Lecturer (July 2008 – May 2009)

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Poster presentation, Student Research Celebration, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University (Fall 2015)
  • Poster presentation, 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California (Spring 2016)
  • Poster presentation, 19th Annual Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Banquet, Eastern Illinois University (Spring 2016)
  • Poster presentation, Student Research and Creative Discovery Conference 2016, Eastern Illinois University (Spring 2016)
  • Oral presentation, 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (Summer 2016)

CONFERENCES:

  • Participated in the 70th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (Summer 2015)
  • Participated in the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California (Spring 2016)
  • Participated in the 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (Summer 2016)

WORKSHOPS:

  • Attended a two day synchrotron based Far-IR vibrational-rotational spectroscopy workshop organized by the Canadian Light Source (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada) – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (Summer 2015)
Area of Specification:

Physical Chemistry

Awards:

Louisiana State University

  • Membership Award – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Louisiana State University (Spring 2017)

Eastern Illinois University

  • Master’s Thesis Award of Excellence in the College of Sciences (Spring 2017)
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Chemistry – Graduate School (Spring 2016)
  • Graduate Student Investigator Award for Chemistry Research – College of Sciences (Spring 2016)
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Award – Department of Chemistry (Spring 2016)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award – Department of Chemistry (Spring 2016)
  • Best Graduate Student Poster Award – Sigma Xi Scientific Society Banquet (Spring 2016)
  • Chemistry Department Representative – Graduate Student Advisory Council (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
  • Nominated for Annie L. Weller Scholarship – Graduate School (Fall 2015)
  • Research Assistantship – Drs. Rebecca and Sean Peebles, supervisors (Summer 2015 and Summer 2016)
Researches:
  • Jang, H.; Ka, S.; Dikkumbura, A. S.; Peebles, R. A.; Peebles, S. A.; Oh, J. J. Microwave spectrum, structure and dipole moment of 4-fluorophenylacetylene (4FPA), J. Mol. Struct. 1133, 320-328 (2017).
  • Bandarage, G.; Zoysa, M. N. K. de,; Dikkumbura, A. S.; Makandu, A. A novel approach in transforming a recipe driven laboratory class in chemistry to a thinking oriented laboratory class, Annual academic sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka, 82, 307-310 (2011).
  • Bandarage, G.; Zoysa, M. N. K. de.; Dikkumbura, A. S.; Loganathan, S. Assessment of thinking skills in a non – traditional undergraduate chemistry laboratory class. Annual academic sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka, 18, 78-81 (2013).
Publications:
  • Dikkumbura, A. S.; Hemalika, D.V.D.; Haniffa, M.R.M.; Zoysa, M. N. K. de. Physical chemistry foundation level – Book IV. Published by the Open University of Sri Lanka, 2013, ISBN: 978-955-23-1403-2.
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