Wajira Mirihanage is a Diamond-Manchester Fellow in the School of Materials. 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. As an early career academic, he is currently PI or Co-I for > £1M active research funding, including his EPSRC First Grant.
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. Wajira has involved with a number of X-ray studies on materials processing, which was highlighted on both ESRF and Diamond websites; for example,
ESRF : http://www.esrf.eu/home/UsersAndScience/Experiments/StructMaterials/ID15A/materials-engineering--eh2/scientific-examples.html
Diamond Light Source : http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Home/News/LatestNews/2018/05-03-2018.html