Dr. Indika Arachchige


Associate Professor
Inorganic, Materials, and Nanoscience

Department of Chemistry

Virginia Commonwealth University

 Email: iuarachchige@vcu.edu


B.S., University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2001

Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2007

Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2007-2009

Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, 2009-2011


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

VCU College of Humanities and Sciences – Excellence in Scholarship Award, 2017

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Wayne State University, 2007

Wiligred Heller Outstanding Graduate Research Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2006-2007

Dissertation Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2006

Undergraduate Educational Fellowship, Department of Education, Sri Lanka, 1996-2000


Research Interests

Research efforts in my group are focused on the synthesis, characterization, and assembly of novel inorganic nanomaterials with unique and tunable physiochemical properties. The research is highly interdisciplinary, with the aim to develop a fundamental understanding of how structure, particle size, shape, atomic composition and material physical properties are related in order to advance technologies such as information storage, sensors, energy conversion, and catalysis. We are specifically interested in developing synthetic methods to form novel nanoparticle systems with new or improved physical properties than those we presently know how to make, and on developing methods for linking nanoparticles together to create solid state architectures for technological studies.