Mr. Asela Sampath Dikkumbura

Lecturer

B.Sc (Sri Jayewardenepura); MS (Eastern Illinois, USA); Ph.D (Louisiana, USA)

Chemistry
Faculty of Natural Sciences
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Contact:

Kandy Regional Center, Kandy

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

E-mail: wowsamee@gmail.com wowsamee@gmail.com, asdikkumbura@eiu.edu, adikku2@lsu.edu

Web: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asela-dikkumbura-7489b4110/


Academic Record

  • PhD in Chemistry–Louisiana State University, USA (2021)
  • MS in Chemistry–Eastern Illinois University, USA (2016)
  • BS (Special) in Chemistry–University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2008)

 

Professional Record

  • Lecturer (Confirmed)–Department of Chemistry, The Open University of Sri Lanka (August 2016–to present)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant–Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, USA (August 2016–December 2021)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant–Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, USA (August 2014–August 2016)
  • Lecturer (Probationary)–Department of Chemistry, The Open University of Sri Lanka (November 2011–August 2016)
  • Lecturer (Temporary)–Department of Chemistry, The Open University of Sri Lanka (January 2011–November 2011)
  • Teaching Assistant–Department of Chemistry, The Open University of Sri Lanka (June 2009–January 2011)
  • Teaching Assistant–Department of Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (July 2008–June 2009)
  • Temporary Visiting Lecturer–Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (July 2008–May 2009)
  • Temporary Visiting Lecturer–Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (July 2008–May 2009)
  • Industrial Intern–Laboratory Assistant, Lanka Hospitals PLC (January 2007–May 2007)
Areas of Specialization:

Physical Chemistry

Research interests:
  • Noble metallic nanoparticles
  • lipid and polymeric nanomaterials and their biomedical and surface chemistry applications
  • Soil and environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical education
  • Open and distance learning
Affiliations:
  • American Chemical Society
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon
  • The Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
Awards:
  • Outstanding Physical Chemistry Teaching Assistant Scholar Award–Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, USA. (Spring 2021)
  • 1st Place Poster Award in Nanoscience Division–2020 NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers) Conference. (Fall 2020)
  • Graduate Student Association Travel Award–Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, USA. (Spring 2020)
  • Outstanding General Chemistry Teaching Assistant Scholar Award–Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, USA. (Spring 2018)
  • Membership Rewards Academic Excellence of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Louisiana State University (Spring 2017)
  • Master’s Thesis Award of Excellence in the College of Sciences–Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, USA. (Spring 2017)
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Chemistry–Graduate School, Eastern Illinois University, USA. (Spring 2016)
  • Graduate Student Investigator Award for Chemistry Research–College of Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, USA. (Spring 2016)
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Award–Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, USA. (Spring 2016)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award–Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, USA. (Spring 2016)
  • Best Graduate Student Poster Award–Sigma Xi Scientific Society Banquet, Eastern Illinois University, USA. (Spring 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).
Ongoing Research:

Monitoring the influence of temperature and salt concentration on molecular adsorption and transport properties at liposome and microparticle surfaces studied by second harmonic generation spectroscopy.

 

Publications:
  1. Dikkumbura, A. S.; Aucoin, A. V.; Ali, R. O.; Schneider, G. J.; Haber, L. H. Influence of acetaminophen on Molecular Adsorption and Transport Properties at Colloidal Liposome Surfaces Studied by Second Harmonic Generation Spectroscopy. Langmuir 2021, In submission.
  2. Dikkumbura, A. S.; Hamal, P.; Chen, M.; Babayode, D. A.; Ranasinghe, J. C.; Lopata, K.; Haber, L. H. Monitoring the Growth Dynamics of Colloidal Silver-Gold Core-Shell Nanoparticles Using In-Situ Second Harmonic Generation and Extinction Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. C 2021.
  3. Abu-Laban, M.; Hamal, P.; Arrizabalaga, J. H.; Forghani, A.; Dikkumbura, A. S.; Kumal, R. R.; Haber, L. H.; Hayes, D. J. Combinatorial Delivery of miRNA-nanoparticle Conjugates in Human Adipose Stem Cells for Amplified Osteogenesis. Small. 2019, 1902864-1902878.
  4. Ranasinghe, J. C.; Dikkumbura, A. S.; Hamal, P.; Chen, M.; Khoury, R. A,; Smith, H. T.; Lopata, K.; Haber, L. H. Monitoring the Growth Dynamics of Colloidal Gold-Silver Core-Shell Nanoparticles Using In-Situ Second Harmonic Generation and Extinction Spectroscopy. J. Chem. Phys. 2019, 151, 224701-224709
  5. Khoury, R. A.; Ranasinghe, J. C.; Dikkumbura, A. S.; Hamal, P.; Kumal, R. R.; Karam, T. E.; Smith, H. T.; Haber, L. H. Monitoring the Seed-Mediated Growth of Gold Nanoparticles using In-Situ Second Harmonic Generation and Extinction Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 24400-24406.
  6. 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. 2017, 1133, 320–328.
  7. 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. 2013, 18, 78–81.
  8. 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. 2011, 82, 307–310.

 

Book Chapters

  1. 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.

 

Conferences and Presentations

  • Oral Presentation–American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting and Exposition, Austin, Texas, USA. (Fall 2021)
  • Poster Presentation–American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Spring Virtual Meeting. (Spring 2021)
  • Poster Presentation–47th National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers National Meeting and Exposition. (Virtual Conference–Fall 2020)
  • Oral Presentation–46th National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers National Meeting and Exposition, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. (Fall 2019)
  • Poster Presentation–45th National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers National Meeting and Exposition, Orlando, Florida, USA. (Fall 2018)
  • Poster Presentation–255th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (Spring 2018)
  • Poster Presentation–Student Research and Creative Discovery Conference 2017, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA. (Spring 2017)
  • Oral Presentation–71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA. (Summer 2016)
  • Poster Presentation–Student Research and Creative Discovery Conference 2016, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA. (Spring 2016)
  • Poster Presentation–19th Annual Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Banquet, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA. (Spring 2016)
  • Poster Presentation–251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California, USA. (Spring 2016)
  • Poster Presentation–Student Research Celebration, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA. (Fall 2015)

Workshops

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, Champaign, Illinois, USA. (Summer 2015)

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