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Wajira Mirihanage


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Wajira Mirihanage is a Diamond-Manchester Fellow/Lecturer in Materials Sceince. His research interests are mainly focused on  solidification microstructure evolution in metallic alloys (casting, welding and additive manufacturing), influence of flow on microstructure formation and application of time resolved synchrotron X-ray techniques to study microstructure evaluation in materials processing. 

Wajira obtained his PhD from University College Dublin - Ireland. His doctoral and post-doctoral research were aimed at  understanding the dendritic microstructure formation in metalic alloys; initailly through numerical modelling and then experimentally using in situ X-ray studies. Most of his current synchrotron X-ray based resrach work is focused on application of fast time resolved techniques and employ novel computational algorithms to extract complex information embedded in X-ray images and scattering patterns during materials processing.  Wajira has involved with a number of X-ray studies on materials processing, which was highlighted on both ESRF and Diamond websites; for example,


Diamond Light Source :



 MATS24102 : Engineering Alloys in Service

   Unit Co-ordinator

 MATS43102 : Advanced Metals Processing 


 MATS64402 : Advanced Metals Processing 



PhD Postions:  Inquiries are also welcomed in the research areas of metallic solidification and metal additive manufacturing. Funding may available for UK candidates and high calibre international students. Externally/Self-funded non-EU inquiries are also welcomed.

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  • Solidfication
  • Fast synchrotron XRD
  • Time resolved characterization
  • X-ray Imaging
  • Phase Transformations


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