Hansika Sirikumara, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering at Marian University, E. S. Witchger School of Engineering. She completed her MS and PhD degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her research work is mainly focused on two areas, (a) designing novel materials for electronic and energy applications using ab-initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) which is implemented using Quantum espresso package (b). Designing computational tools for engineering education using Python/Matlab. Materials with their native properties sometimes cannot be used for device applications; such materials can be engineered by various ways such as interface modifications, intercalation and doping. With this approach, she has investigated several stable layered 2D materials (InSe, Graphene, SnSe etc) with exotic electronic, thermal and mechanical properties.
Computational material modeling, nanostructure, 2D materials, semiconductor devices, ab-initio and density functional theory (DFT), electronic structure calculation, phonon dispersion, thermoelectric and mechanical properties, thermal transport, computational methods for STEM education.
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