Dr. Uthpala Dahanayake

Senior Lecturer

uthpala@as.rjt.ac.lk | udahanayake@yahoo.com
+94252266129 | +94773065609


  • Ph.D. in Materials Physics
    University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2006)
  • B.Sc (Honors) in Physics
    University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1994)

Professional Qualifications

  • Chartered Physicist (CPhys)
  • Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, University of Peradeniya

Current Researches and Projects

  • Feasibility of finding geothermal sources in Sri Lanka with reference to the hot-Spring series and the Dolerite dykes
  • Electron Microscopy of novel materials [Part of an NRC Project – Principal Grantee: Prof. Rohan Weerasooriya, National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), Hantana Road, Kandy]

Research Interests

  • Synthesis and characterization of ceramic materials
  • Geothermal energy exploration
  • Electron microscopy of novel materials

Teaching Subjects

  • PHY 1102 Waves and Vibrations
  • PHY 1203 Fundamentals of Electromagnetism
  • PHY 2207 Physics Practical Unit
  • PHY 3302 Applied Meteorology
  • PHY 3203 Physical Oceanography
  • PHY 3105 Physical Geology
  • PHY 3206 Soil Physics
  • PHY 3208 Project / Seminar
  • PHY 3209 Solid State Physics
  • PHY 3210 Properties of Materials
  • PHY 4208 Materials Characterization Techniques
  • PHY 4613 Research Project
  • PHY 4214 Current Topics in Chemistry and Physics

Academic Reviewing, Editor, Chair


  • Annual Research Sessions – RUSL 2011 (Editor-in-Chief)

Session Chair

  • Exploration Heritage for Social Challenges – 2nd International Research Symposium 2014 RUSL


  • Three dimensional pore network in macro porous ceramic bodies PURSE 2010 University of Peradeniya
  • Automated Rain Sampler for Real time pH and Conductivity Measurements IPSL 2015
  • Development of a Vibration Energy Harvesting Device Using Piezoelectric Sensors, MERCon-2018 University of Moratuwa


Full papers – International

  • Samaranayake, S.A Nalin De Silva, Dahanayake, U., (2013) “ldentifying the competence of delineating the subsurface extension of Eppawala apatite deposit using magnetic survey”, lnternational Journal of Chemical, Environmental & Biological Sciences (IJCEBS) Volume 1, Issue 1 (2013) ISSN 2320-4087 (online)

Full papers – International Conference Proceedings

  • Samaranayake SA., De silva S.N., Dahanayake U., Wijewardana H.O., Deepal Subasingha, (2014), “Feasibility of Finding Geothermal Sources in Sri Lanka with reference to the Hot Spring Series and the Dolerite Dykes”, Proceedings of World Geothermal Congress 2015, Melbourne, Australia, 19-25 April 2015
  • Samaranayake SA., De silva S.N., Dahanayake U., Wijewardana H.O., Deepal Subasingha, (2020), “Geothermal Energy Development of Sri Lanka”, World Geothermal Congress 2020, Melbourne, Australia, 27th April – 1st May 2020 (Accepted)

Abstracts – International

  • Samaranayake, S.A Nalin De Silva, Dahanayake, U. Subasinghe, N. D., “Developing an Integrated Geothermal Energy Utilization for Wahawa Geothermal System in Sri Lanka” Proceedings of the International Research Symposium, Uwa Wellassa University, Badulla 90000, 19-20 January, 2017

Abstracts – local

  • Samaranayake S.A., De Silva, S.N., Dahanayake, U., (2014),”Application of resistivity surveys to assess the subsurface mode and extension of dolerite dyke”, Proceedings of 29th technical sessions of Institute of Physics Sri Lanka.
  • Rajapakshe S.P., Subasinghe N.D., Nalin De Silva, Dahanayake U., Charles W.K.D.G.D.R., Samaranayake S.A., “Use of Magnetic Method to Delineate the Kawisigamuwa Phosphate Occurrences”, Proceedings of the 31st Technical Session of Geological Society of Sri Lanka Published Online – 27th February 2015