Dr. Damayanthi Dahanayake is a graduate from Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon. She has obtained a BSc in Natural Science from Open University, MSc in Analytical Chemistry from University of Colombo, MBA from Open University, and a PhD in Material Science from University of Peradeniya.
She has worked in dynamic fields within her career of 20 years before joined NSBM. Tea chemistry exposure for nine years in Tea Research Institute, Talawakelle, and Sri Lanka Tea Board, Colombo has given her the opportunity to be specialized in chromatography and spectroscopy. She has worked in Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology for more than 10 years specializing in electron microscopic techniques and other nano-characterization techniques. Her PhD work was mainly focused on the study of two-dimensional materials using advanced electron microscopy. She has worked as a senior lecturer in SLINTEC Academy for postgraduate students. She has involved in different research areas and some of the highlights published in international journals are given below. She has been recognized with presidential awards for scientific research in 2016 and 2017.
Google scholar name: Damayanthi Dahanayake
Selected International Publications:
1. S.P. Ratnayake, M.M.M.G.P.G. Mantilaka, C. Sandaruwan, D. Dahanayake, Y. Pivini Gunasekara, S. Jeyasakthy, N.M. Gurusinghe, U.K. Wanninayake, K.M. Nalin de Silva “Low-temperature thermocatalytic particulate carbon decomposition via urea solutioncombustion derived CeO2 nanostructures.” Journal of Rare Earths (2020)
2. Maheshika Perera, Lahiru A Wijenayaka, Kumudu Siriwardana, Damayanthi Dahanayake, KM Nalin de Silva “Gold nanoparticle decorated titania for sustainable environmental remediation: green synthesis, enhanced surface adsorption and synergistic photocatalysis.” RSC Advances 10(49): 29594-29602(2020)
3. S.P. Ratnayake, M.M.M.G.P.G. Mantilaka, C. Sandaruwan, D. Dahanayake, Y. Pivini Gunasekara, S. Jeyasakthy, N.M. Gurusinghe, U.K. Wanninayake, K.M. Nalin de Silva “Low-temperature thermocatalytic particulate carbon decomposition via urea solutioncombustion derived CeO2 nanostructures.” Journal of Rare Earths (2020)
4. Ratnayake, S., M. Mantilaka, C. Sandaruwan, D. Dahanayake, E. Murugan, S. Kumar, G. Amaratunga and K. N. de Silva “Carbon quantum dots-decorated nano-zirconia: A highly efficient photocatalyst.” Applied Catalysis A: General 570: 23-30. (2019)
5. Dahanayake, D., S. Gunasekara, V. Jayaweera, C. Sandaruwan, V. Karunarathne and G. A. Amaratunga “Atomic scale study for the structural transformation of single layered MoS2.” CrystEngComm 20(41): 6482-6489 (2018).
6. Wijesena, R. N., N. D. Tissera, C. Abeyratne, O. M. Bangamuwa, N. Ludowyke, D. Dahanayake, S. Gunasekara, N. de Silva, R. M. de Silva and K. N. de Silva. “In-situ formation of supramolecular aggregates between chitin nanofibers and silver nanoparticles.” Carbohydrate polymers 173: 295-304 (2017).