Conn Center Staff
Gamini Sumanasekera, PhD
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
Gamini Sumanasekera, PhD, is the Energy Storage Theme Leader at the Conn Center, where he focuses on developing materials and processes for chemical energy storage and other renewable energy applications.
He obtained his doctorate in Physics from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1995 and worked on several projects related to quantum transport in disordered systems and heterostructures. He also holds an MS in Physics from Bowling Green State University, OH (1987), where he worked on Flux quantization in disordered bismuth films, and a BS in Physics with honors from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1981). He served as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Physics at the University of Kentucky (1995-1999) and worked on the physical properties of nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, and high Tc superconductors. He was a Senior Research Associate in Physics at Pennsylvania State University (1999-2002), where he continued his explorations into the electrical conductivity, thermoelectric power, Raman scattering, and electrochemical behavior of novel and functionalized nanomaterials. He joined the Physics faculty at the University in Louisville in 2002, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007, and served as the Associate Director of the Institute of Advanced Materials and Renewable Energy.
Gamini is the author/co-author of over 150 original research papers and holds patents in the area of Li-ion battery, microfluidics, graphene, and thermoelectric materials and processes. Among his awards are the University of Louisville’s College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award in Research and Scholarship and the University Scholar distinction. His research in experimental condensed matter physics now includes 2D material based heterostructures and thermoelectrics, doped nanodiamond-based thermionic emission, chemical sensors, highly correlated systems, and metal-insulator-transition.