Dr. Chaturanga D. Bandara

Contact / Address:


Phone +49 (0) 341 235 1360

Mobile: +49 (0) 1577 5577 222

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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig

LinkedIn: Chaturanga (Chatu) Bandara

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Dr. Chaturanga D. Bandara

Work Experience

Since March 2020 Postdoc, ProVIS
Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry,
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Leipzig, Germany
2019-2020 Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow
ithree Institute
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, (NSW), Australia
2013-2017 PhD Scholar
Queensland University of Technology
Science and Engineering Faculty
Brisbane 4001, QLD, Australia
2010-2013 Master of Philosophy,
Chemical Sciences
Post Graduate Institute of Science,
University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka
2007-2010 Bachelor of Science,
Faculty of Science,
University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka

Field of Expertise

  • preparation of microbial samples for correlative characterization
  • high-resolution imaging (SEM, TEM and HIM) and spectroscopy
  • anti-bacterial surfaces
  • correlative microscopy
  • image-processing

Main Research Interests

  • Biomimetic Surfaces
  • Antimicrobial surfaces
  • Bio-nano interactions of bacteria and nanostructures
  • Interactions between microbes-plants-soil in the rhizosphere
  • Developing sample preparation methods for high-resolution microscopy techniques of biological samples


Chaturanga D. Bandara, Giulia Ballerin, Miika Leppänen, Tuquabo Tesfamichael, Kostya Ken Ostrikov, and Cynthia B. Whitchurch, 2020 "Resolving Bio–Nano Interactions of E. coli Bacteria–Dragonfly Wing Interface with Helium Ion and 3D-Structured Illumination Microscopy to Understand Bacterial Death on Nanotopography", ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b01973, 6 (7), 3925-3932

Chaturanga D. Bandara, S. Singh, Afara I.O. Wolff A. Tesfamichael T., Ostrikov K. Oloyede A. 2017. "Bactericidal Effects of Natural Nanotopography of Dragonfly Wing on Escherichia coli", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b13666, 9(8), 6746-6760 (Q1) Altmetric attention score of 57, in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.

Karthika Prasad, Chaturanga D. Bandara, Shailesh Kumar, Gurinder Pal Singh, , Bastian Brockhoff, Kateryna Bazaka, Ken Ostrikov, 2017, "Effect of precursor on antifouling efficacy of vertically-oriented graphene nanosheets," Nanomaterials, DOI:10.3390/nano7070170, (7), 170

W.P.S.L. Wijesinghe, M.M.M.G.P.G. Mantilaka, K.G. Chathuranga Senarathna, H.M.T.U. Herath, T.N. Premachandra, C.S.K. Ranasinghe, R.P.V.J. Rajapakse, R.M.G. Rajapakse, Mohan Edirisinghe, S. Mahalingam, I.M.C.C.D. Bandara, Sanjleena Singh, 2016. “Preparation of bone-implants by coating hydroxyapatite nanoparticles on self-formed titanium dioxide thin-layers on titanium metal surfacesMaterials Science and Engineering: C, 63, 172-184 (Q1)

Rathnayake, W. G. I. U., H. Ismail, A. Baharin, I. M. C. C. D. Bandara and Sanath Rajapakse. 2013. "Enhancement of the antibacterial activity of natural rubber latex foam by the incorporation of zinc oxide nanoparticles." Journal of Applied Polymer Science:131(1). DOI: 10.1 002/app.39601

Srimala Perera, Bharat Bhushan, Rathnayake Bandara, Gamini Rajapakse, Sanath Rajapakse and Chaturanga Bandara. 2013. "Morphological, antimicrobial, durability, and physical properties of untreated and treated textiles using silver -nanoparticles." Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 436 (0): 975-989. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2013.08.038

Indrajith Rathnayake , Hanafi Ismail , Baharin Azahari , Chaturanga Bandara & Sanath Rajapakse (2013), "Novel Method of Incorporating Silver Nanoparticles into Natural Rubber Latex Foam", Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 52:9, 885-891, DOI 10.1080/03602559.2013.763366

Boon Peng Chang, Hazizan Md Akil, Ramdziah Bt Md Nasir, I.M.C.C.D. Bandara and Sanath Rajapakse. (2013) “The effect of ZnO nanoparticles on the mechanical, tribological and antibacterial properties of ultra – high molecular weight polyethylene,” Journal of Reinforced and Composites, 33 (7), 674-686 January, 2013, DOI: 10.1177/0731684413509426


Ph.D thesis (Queensland University of Technology, 2017):

Characterisation of the bactericidal efficacy of natural nano-topography using dragonfly wing as a model. DOI:10.5204/thesis.eprints.106746

M.Phil Thesis (University of Peradeniya, 2013):

Development of Self-Cleaning and Anti-Microbial Textile Material