Dr. Asanga Padmaperuma is a Senior Research Chemist in the Energy Processes and Materials Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He serves as the Laboratory Relationship Manager for the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office, which has oversight of research in sustainable use of marine, terrestrial, and waste biomass for fuels and chemicals via thermal, biological, and electrocatalytic conversion.
Dr. Padmaperuma also serves as the Technical Leader for the Chemical Conversion team in PNNL's Chemical and Biological Processing Group. Prior to his current assignment, his research focus was on thermochemical, low-temperature catalytic, and electrochemical production of value-added chemicals and fuels from bio-based and waste sources. He also conducted research in design and development of functional molecules for organic electronics and liquid scintillators for radiation detection.
Dr. Padmaperuma completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Polymer Chemistry at the University of Southern California's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute. He is a named inventor on several granted patents as well as an author of more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and public technical reports.