Prof. Gunadya Bandarage

Professor in Chemistry

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Central Campus, 3rd floor, Science and Technology building, Room No : 303

Office: 112881324, Ext: 324


I Graduated in 1980 with BSc, Specialisation in Chemistry, from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. After a short spell as a Temporary Assistant Lecturer in chemistry at University of Colombo (1980 – 1981) I commenced my higher studies in University of Alberta, Canada and received a PhD in Chemistry in 1987. Thesis research work was in the field of theoretical ion-atom collisions. Then I worked as a Post-doctoral fellow for 3 months in the department of Chemistry, University of Alberta. Thereafter I worked as a Post-doctoral fellow at The Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado, USA (1988 – 1989). Subsequently I took up a Research Associate post in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A & M University, USA (1990 – 1992). Post doctoral research was in the fields of theoretical ion-atom collisions and photo-ionisation. Towards the end of 1992 I joined The Open University of Sri Lanka as a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry. At present I am a Professor in Chemistry. I was the Head of the Department of Chemistry (1999 – 2002) and the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences (2004 – 2007) of the Open University of Sri Lanka. I was the leader of a team which planned and initiated the development of the Management Information System (MIS) of The Open University of Sri Lanka (under the Department of International Development, UK project) (1997 – 1999). I was the leader of the IT Team which initiated the development of the present MIS (2001). I was the leader of the team which developed the proposal for the Higher Education for the 21st Century – Quality Innovation Grant received by the Faculty of Natural Sciences and was the project coordinator during its implementation (2013 – 2015). I am a member of the team appointed by the Ministry of Education for the development of a proposal for integration of STEM Education in primary and secondary schools in Sri Lanka. My current research interests are in the fields of Open and Distance Learning and Science Education.

Area of Specification:

Chemical Physics

Research Intrests:

Science EducationOpen and Distance LearningStudent MotivationStudent Engagement

Course Coordination:

Concepts in Chemistry (CYU4301)

Practical Chemistry II (CYU4302)

Concepts in Spectroscopy (CYU5301)


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