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Prof.R.Kumaravadivel
Department of Physics
University of Jaffna
Sri Lanka

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BSc(Hons.)(Ceylon), PhD(Bristol)

University Education
PhD in Theoretical Solid State Physics University of Bristol, 1975
BSc General Degree(First Class Honours) , University of Ceylon. 1968
BSc Special Degree in Physics (First Class Honours) University of Ceylon, 1970

Administrative Responsibility
Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna: June 2006 to December 2007
Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Jaffna: November 1999 to July 2010
Head of the Computer Unit of the University of Jaffna: August 1989 to October 1990
Head of the Department of Physics, University of Jaffna: February 1985 to February 1988, April 1994 to October 1995, January 1997 to November 1999
Lecturer-in-charge of the Department of Physics, University of Peradeniya: January 1978 to January 1979

Research
Title of Thesis: Thermodynamic properties of liquid metals and liquid metal surfaces
Main Area:Theory of the structure and thermodynamic properties of liquid metals and liquid metal surfaces

Selected Publications:
1R.Kumaravadivel, R. Evans and D.A.Greenwood, The Born-Green equation for Liquid Metals, J.Phys. F (Metal Physiacs), 1974, Vol 4 pp 1839-48
2 R.Kumaravadivel and R.Evans, Calculation of the surface energy of simple liquid metals, J.Phys. C (Solid State Physics), 1975, Vol 13 pp 793-808.
3 R.Evans and R.Kumaravadivel, A thermodynamic perturbation theory for the surface tension and ion density profile of a liquid metal, J.Phys.C (Solid State Physics), 1976, Vol 9, pp 1891-1906.
4 R.Kumaravadivel and R.Evans, The entropies and structure factors of liquid simple metals , J.Phys.C (Solid State Physics), 1976, Vol 9 pp 3877-3903.
5 R.Kumaravadivel, Thermodynamic properties of liquid metals, J.Phys.F (Metal Physics) , 1983, Vol.13, pp 1607-26.
6 R.Kumaravadivel and M.P.Tosi, Pair potentials and structure factors of liquid alkali metals, IL Nuovo Cimento, 1984, Vol 1, pp 39
7 R.Kumaravadivel, Effective interionic pair potentials in liquid alkali metals, Publication of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. 1984 Publication No. IC-84-89.

Honours/Awards/Prizes/Recognitions
1.Coomarasamy Prize for Science, 1968, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. (Awarded for achieving the highest competence at the General Science Degree Examination held in 1968).
2.Dr.C.A.Hewavitharana Memorial Prize for Physics, 1970, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya (Awarded for achieving the highest competence at the Special Science Degree Examination held in 1970).
3.Appointed by the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) , Trieste, Italy as an Associate Member of the Centre for the period 1982-87. This appointment was renewed for another six years in 1989.
4.Appointed by the Institute of Physics (London) as a referee of research papers submitted to the Journal of Physics F (Metal Physics), UK.
5.Awarded a Visiting Scientist Fellowship by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics for the academic year 1983-84.
6.Awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship by the Commonwealth Commission to spend one year at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, England as Visiting Professor (1991).

International conferences / workshop / study visit
1.Participated in the Summer School on Physics of Surfaces, University of Warwick, U.K., August 1974 (Organised by the Institute of Physics, London).
2.Participated in the 'Liquid Metals Forum' , University of Birmingham, March 1974 and gave a seminar on Born-Green Equation in Liquid Metals
3.Participated in the International Conference on Interatomic forces in Condensed Matter, University of Reading, U.K., April 1975
4.Participated in the Condensed Matter Physics Workshop of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy from July to September 1977.
5.Participated in the International Symposium on one dimensional conductors, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy in August 1977.
6. Participated in the Condensed Matter Physics Workshop of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy from July to September 1982.
7.Gave seminars on 'Pair potentials in liquid alkali metals from experimental structure factor data' at the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia, U.K. (August 1984).
8. Participated in a Working Party on Physics of Condensed Matter at Planetary Pressures at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (August-September 1984).
9.Participated in the Spring College on Semiconductor devices at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy from April to June 1984.
10.Participated in the Condensed Matter Physics Workshop of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy from July to September 1984.
11. Visited several Computer Laboratories in UK in 1990 on a British Council sponsored programme and negotiated a link programme with the University of Cardiff, UK.
12. Participated in many Workshops, seminars and conferences at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy during a three months visit as a Visiting Scientist from October to December 1992.



 
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