Uvin De Alwis
PhD Candidate Chemistry & Biochemistry
Uvin De Alwis' research focuses upon the global energy crisis, exacerbated by geopolitical issues, demands diversification of our energy sources. His research centers on discovering innovative low-dimensional materials that can serve as catalytic substrates for energy conversion, solar energy harvesting, or energy storage. Simultaneously, he aims to advance materials discovery for optoelectronic applications. De Alwis employs computational quantum mechanical tools such as Density Functional Theory (DFT), Time Dependent-DFT (TD-DFT), and Ab-initio Molecular Dynamics (AIMD) to assess the electronic, optical, and catalytic performance of these novel materials.
The core of De Alwis' research includes utilizing 2-dimensional or 0-dimensional (Quantum Dots) substrates, employing strategies like defect atom doping, edge functionalization or heterojunction formation to:
Design new materials with novel optoelectronic properties
Promote the photo catalytical water splitting reaction or the Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER)
Design high performance energy storage devices
What Faculty Say
Uvin is an excellent student. He is not afraid to try new things and tackle hard problems. Uvin works long hours in the lab, often late into the evening. Uvin communicates effectively and works well with others. Uvin frequently participates in department outreach activities and volunteers for duties that he is under no obligation to perform. This altruistic behavior speaks to his character.