Professor I M Dharmadasa
I M Dharmadasa (IMD) is the Professor of
Electronic Materials & Devices at Sheffield
Hallam University in the UK and Head of
the Electronic Materials & Sensors Research
Group within the Materials and Engineering
Research Institute (MERI).
His research activities focus on the development of a new generation of low cost, high efficiency
solar cells. He has four decades of experience in both industry and academia and his work has
secured six new patents, based on novel process developments. He has also sparked scientific
debate by proposing two new scientific theories concerning development of photovoltaic solar cells.
IMD has published over 100 refereed journal papers, 4 book chapters, single authored book on
"Advances in Thin Film Solar Cells" and given over 175 conference presentations, including
plenary and invited talks. In this process, he has successfully supervised 17 PhD theses, 14 years of
postdoctoral research and examined 22 postgraduate candidates.
Earlier in his career, IMD graduated from the Univ. of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka by completing two
BSc Honours degrees covering Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. He won the Dr.
Hewavitharana memorial prize for best performance for his Physics Special Degree in 1975, and
joined the academic staff of the Physics Department in the Science Faculty at Univ. of Peradeniya.
After winning an open commonwealth scholarship in 1977, he completed his PhD thesis in 1980 at
the Univ. of Durham (UK), before returning to his post in Sri Lanka. A deep research interest
generated by his PhD thesis led to his return to the UK in 1984, where he was an active solar
energy researcher at Univ. College Cardiff and the British Petroleum Company (BP), before
joining Sheffield Hallam University in 1990.
IMD is actively involved in the promotion of clean energy technologies for social development and
the reduction of poverty. He helped establish and now leads an international Renewable Energy
Promotional network (SAREP), which aims to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy
technologies. He has designed, piloted and monitored "Solar Village" project, and this is now in the
replication stage within and outside Sri Lanka (www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/CIejDwVbnn).
IMD is a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation and the UK Institute of Physics. He referees
for over 12 international Journals and currently serves as Assessor/panel member for The European
Commission (EC) and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC). In the past he has
served as an Assessor & panel member for the UK funding Council (EPSRC), Department of Trade
& Industry (DTI) and The British Council (BC). IMD holds dual citizenship (Sri Lankan & British)
and currently advising several Government Ministries for using renewable energy as a tool for
social development and the empowerment of rural communities. IMD is one of the founding
members of the APSL-UK (Association of Professional Sri Lankans in UK), and has served as the
Vice President for 5 years and the President for two years (2009-2011).
Research Website: http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/meri/professor-i-m-dharmadasa
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