Professor J. C. N. Rajendra

Senior Professor in Physics

Physics
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Contact:

CRC, 3rd floor, Science and Technology building, Room No : 214

Office: 0112-881056, Ext: 596 Mobile: 776369416

Email: jcraj@ou.ac.lk josephrajendra@gmail.com


Prof. J. C. N. Rajendra received his primary and secondary education at St Patrick’s College Jaffna, Sri Lanka. In 1984, he obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons), specialising in Physics, from the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka (UOJ). He joined the Eastern University, Sri Lanka (EUSL) in 1986 and awarded a British Council Scholarship in 1987 for postgraduate research studies at the University of Sussex. In July 1991, he was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) by the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He returned to Sri Lanka in 1991 and continued his service at EUSL. At EUSL, he served in different capacities, including as a Head of the Department of Physics (Feb 2001 – Oct 2001 & Feb 1992 – Feb1998) and Dean of the Faculty of Science (Oct 2001 – Oct 2004).

Prof. J. C. N. Rajendra won the Commonwealth Fellowship in 1998 and proceeded to the University of Sussex on sabbatical. There, he worked as a Visiting Research Fellow in Experimental Physics (1 Aug 1998 – 31 July 1999). In 1999, He received his MInstP and CPhys title from the Institute of Physics (United Kingdom). During his second sabbatical, he served as a Senior Lecturer Gr I at the OUSL (1 Nov 2004 – 31 Oct 2005). Subsequently, he joined the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna (VCUOJ) in 2006 and served there till 2009. At VCUOJ, he served as Head of the Department of Physical Science and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science for a shorter period. Later, he joined the OUSL in 2009 and promoted to Professor in Physics (Oct. 2009 to Oct. 2017). In Oct. 2017, he was promoted to Senior Professor in Physics and became the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the OUSL in October 2018.

Prof. J. C. N. Rajendra has over thirty-three years of research and teaching experience in physics. His research in Low-Temperature Physics involves studying the Physical properties of Liquid Helium and Liquid Hydrogen in confined geometries and Heat Capacity techniques to investigate the possibility of Superfluidity in para hydrogen (a boson system). Currently, he is interested in fabricating nano-crystalline Si and SiO2 from locally available post-harvest waste materials for industrial applications. In addition, he has spent a substantial amount of his professional life in enhancing teaching, and learning practices in Physics Education and research focused on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) environment. He enjoys sharing his passion for physics and research with members of the general public, occasionally giving talks in schools and, where possible, organising or taking part in outreach events for students and teachers.

Area of Specialization:

Low Temperature Physics

Research Intrests:

Physical properties of Liquid Helium and Liquid Hydrogen in confined geometries, Heat Capacity techniques to investigate the possibility of Superfluidity in para hydrogen (a boson system).Fabrication of nano-crystalline Si and SiO2 from post harvest waste materials for industrial applications.Low cost instrumentation, data acquisition system and interfacing techniques for undergraduate experiments.Teaching-learning procedure and its recent challenges focused on Science Education Sri Lanka. Development of interactive teaching materials, Development of Computer Based Training (CBT) materials in physics using multimedia techniques, IT based teaching (enhancement of science education, e-learning concept).

Affiliations:

Member of the Institute of Physics – IOP (UK) (1999 – present) Member of the Institute of Physics Sri Lanka (IPSL) Lifetime member since 1992 Member – Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) Lifetime member since 1992

Course Coordination:

PYU1160, PYU2160, PYU3173

Awards:

FELLOWSHIPS Visiting Research Fellow in Experimental Physics at University of Sussex (1 Aug 1998 – 31 July1999) – Commonwealth Universities Fellowship.

Researches:
  • ‘Analysis of Composite Films Made of Tin (IV) Oxide and Silica using Electrochemical Techniques’ N. F. Ajward, N. R. A. M. Ruwangika, G. M. L. P Aponsu, D. L. N. Jayathilaka, J. C. N. Rajendra and V. P. S. Perera – Institute of Physics – Sri Lanka -Proceedings of the Technical Sessions, 32 (2016) 9-15
  • ‘From OER to OEP: shifting practitioner perspectives and practices with innovative learning experience design’ Shironica P. Karunanayaka, Som Naidu, J.C.N. Rajendra and H.U.W. Ratnayak Open Praxis, Vol. 7 issue 4 (2015), pp. 339–350(ISSN 2304-070X)
  • ‘Peer-Facilitated Discussions to Enhance OER-Based e-learning’ S. P. Karunanayaka, J.C.N.  Rajendra, H.U.W.  Ratnayake and Som Naidu, Proceeding of the 29th AAOU annual conference (2015) in Malaysia
  • ‘Effectiveness of a modified version of peer assisted study sessions in improving academic performance: An Open and distance learning case study’ G. Bandarage, E.A.D.N.D. Edirisinghe, J.C.N. Rajendra, K. D.V.F. Siriwardena, S. Somarathne, R.U. Tantrigoda1 and J. Wattavidanage – Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions 2015, Open University of Sri Lanka, p 01-04 (2015)
  • Elemental analysis of rice husk ash obtained from different varieties of rice grown in Polonnaruwa district’ N.F. Ajward, J.C.N. Rajendra and V.P.S. Perera – Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions 2015, Open University of Sri Lanka p 49-52(2015)
  • “Suppression of recombination channels of Dye-sensitized solar cells made of SnO2 using core shell structure of SiO2 extracted from rice husk” (2015) N. F. Ajward, J. C. N. Rajendra and V. P. S. Perera – Proceedings of the Energy Symposium Sri Lanka 2015, Ministry of Power and Energy, Session 5 Renewable Energy 51 p 56.
  • ‘A study on plain radiography rooms in Sri Lanka with emphasis on radiation protection’  W. Nilantha, A.S Pallewatte and J.C.N. Rajendra  Sri Lanka Journal of Radiology (SLJR) Vol.1 (2015) p 13-18.
  • ‘Performance of Dye-Sensitized solar cells coated with an ultra thin layer of SiO2 around SnO2 particles’ L.M.N. De Silva, F.M.L.P. Aponsu, V. Fernando, J.C.N. Rajendra, and V.P.S. Perera – Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions 2014, Open University of Sri Lanka (2014) p 324-327
  • ‘Making “Significant Others” partners in motivating freshmen of the B.Sc degree programme at the Open University of Sri Lanka: A preliminary study’ – R.U. Tantrigoda, J. Wattavidanage, J.C.N. Rajendra, B.K.L. Wickramasinghe, N. Edirisinghe and G. Bandarage – Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions 2014, Open University of Sri Lanka (2014) p 291-294
  • ‘Physical properties and content of silica in different varieties of rice husk found in Sri Lanka’ R.M.S.Virajini, V.P.S. Perera and J.C.N.Rajendra – Proceedings of the Technical Sessions, Institute of Physics –Sri Lanka 30 (2014) 105-110
  • ‘Characterization of Silica extracted from Post-Harvest residue’ R.M.S.Virajini, V.P.S. Perera and J.C.N.Rajendra – Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions 2013, Open University of Sri Lanka (2013) p 382-386
  • ‘Effectiveness of an Induction programme in inspiring students in engaging in collaborative learning: an ODL case study’  G.Bandarage, P.K.D.Peiris, J.C.N.Rajendra, K. D.V.F.Siriwardena, R.U.Tantrigoda, J.Wattavidanage, and S.R.Weerakoon– Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions 2013, Open University of Sri Lanka (2013) p 63-67
  • ‘Effectiveness of revision in an academic programme based on course completion rates: A case study of the BSc degree programme at the Open University of Sri Lanka’ G.Bandarage, P.K.D.Peiris, J.C.N.Rajendra, K.D.V.F. Siriwardena, R.U.Tantrigoda,  J.Wattavidanage, and S.R.Weerakoon – Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions 2012, Open University of Sri Lanka (2012) p 80-83.
  • ‘Evaluating the success of assessments of a level 3 chemistry course in the B.Sc degree programme of Open University of Sri Lanka as a tool of measuring the cognitive skills of students: a preliminary study’ R.U.Tantrigoda1, G.Bandarage, C.Nawaratne, N.Nilakarawasam, J.C.N.Rajendra, B.L.Wickramasinghe and M.N.K.de Zoysa – International Conference on Chemical Sciences – Sri Lanka – CE 15 (2012)
  • ‘Experience in implementing a student support programme based on the “PASS” model for BSc undergraduates at the open university of Sri Lanka’ G.Bandarage, G.W.A.R. Fernando, C.N.Nupearachchi, P.K.D. Peiris, J.C.N. Rajendra, K.D.V.F. Siriwardena, R.U.Tantrigoda, J.Wattavidanage, and S.R.Weerakoon- Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions 2011, Open University of Sri Lanka (2011) p 56-59.
  • ‘Preliminary Investigation on Physical and mechanical Properties of Bambusa and Dendrocalamus gigantius for Industrial Flooring’ P.Peratheepan, J.C.N.Rajendra and B.S.BKarunaratna Ceylon Journal of Science (Physical Science) Volume: 14  (2008)39-51
  • “GRKTEXedt” – Tamil TEX editor for scientific typesetting and for LATEX output’,  K Ganeshamoorthy,   J.C.N.Rajendra and S.Kanaganathan  Conference Proceedings – ‘Tamil IT for Tomorrows’ – Tamil Internet  2004 Singapore (2004)157 -163
  • ‘Low cost Data Acquisition system for time relatively small physical events’  K Sathiaranjan and J.C.N.Rajendra 2nd Annual Research Session (ARS) 2001/2002 selected articles – EUSL (2002)133-143
  • ‘Preparation and Resistance measurements of BSCCO superconductors’ K.Ganesan, N.Pathmanathan, J.C.N.Rajendra and B.S.B.Karunaratna – JSc EUSL Vol 1 No 1 (2000) 60-66
  • ‘Entropy changes associated with the anomalous freezing of hydrogen in small pores’  J.C.NRajendra, D.F.Brewer and A.L.Thomson – XX11 International Conference on Low Temperature Physics – Espoo and Helsinki, Finland – LT22 – 9L26 p 424 (1999)
  • ‘Pressure measurements on freezing hydrogen in small pores’ J.C.N.Rajendra, D.F.Brewer and A.L.Thomson – XX11 International Conference on Low Temperature Physics – Espoo and Helsinki, Finland – LT22 – 9L27 p 425 (1999)
  • ‘Preparation and characterization of Bi-based superconductors and attainment of low temperature as low as 55K using liquid nitrogen’ K.Ganesan, N.Pathmanathan, J.C.N.Rajendra and B.S.B.Karunaratna – 55thAnnual Session of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science – E1-02 p182 (1999)
  • ‘Construction of Resistivity probe and Resistance measurements on YBa2Cu3O7 Superconductors’ F.C.Ragel, N.Pathmanathan, J.C.N.Rajendra, S.G.Raymond,  K.Ganesan and  Cao Liezhao – 53rd Annual Session of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science  – E1-08 p295 (1997)
  • Thermal Anomalies in Molecular Hydrogen Supercooled in Vycor Porous Glass’ D.F.Brewer J.C.N.Rajendra and A.L.Thomson –  Journal of Low Temperature Physics Vol 101 Nos 1/2 (1995) 317 – 322
  • ‘Thermal Anomalies in Supercooled  Parahydrogen  In  Vycor Porous Glass’ D.F.Brewer, J.C.N.Rajendra,  and  A.L.Thomson –  Physica B 194 – 196 (1994) 687 – 688
  • ‘Education Perspectives and Challenges in Sri Lanka’ J.C.N.Rajendra – Proceedings of the ASPEN (1992) General Conference and Symposium on Introductory Physics Education in University – TOKAI University Japan – ASPEN 190 – 193 (1992)
  • ‘The Melting Properties of Helium on Two Different surfaces’ D.F.Brewer, J.Rajendra, N.Sharma, A.L.Thomson and Jin Xin  – Physica B 165&166  (1990) 551 -552
  • ‘Low temperature Hydrogen which has not solidified’ D.F.Brewer, J.Rajendra, N.Sharma and A.L.Thomson –  Physica B 165&166  (1990) 569 – 570
  • ‘The thermal properties of Helium confined in small geometries’ D.F.Brewer, J.Rajendra, N.Sharma, A.L.Thomson and Jin Xin –  Physica B 165&166  (1990) 577 – 578
  • ‘The wetting properties of solid helium on a graphite surface’ J.C.N.Rajendra, D.F.Brewer and A.L.Thomson – 17th   IUPAP International Conference on Thermodynamics and Statistical physics  Statphys  17 FrP57 (1989).
  • The non-wetting properties of solid helium on glass surfaces’, J.C.N.Rajendra, D.F.Brewer, S.R.Haynes and A.L.Thomson – 17th IUPAP International Conference on Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics Statphys  17 FrP58 (1989).
Publications:

‹¨«Introduction to Matter and Radiation‹¨« (2006) ISBN 955-659-062-5

Introduction to Matter and Radiation” (2006) ISBN 955-659-062-5

‹¨«Fundamentals of Electronics‹¨« (2008) ISBN 978-955-659-148-4

Fundamentals of Electronics” (2008) ISBN 978-955-659-148-4

‹¨«rlKk; fjpHg;Gk;‹¨« (2009) ISBN 978‹¨«955‹¨«51404‹¨«0-9

rlKk; fjpHg;Gk;(2009) ISBN 978–955–51404–0-9

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