Ranjith Pathegama Gamage

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Ranjith Pathegama Gamage
Born
Matara, Sri Lanka
NationalityAustralian
Alma materTelijjawila Central College
University of Moratuwa(BSc, 1996)
University of Wollongong(Ph.D, 2000)
Known forSustainable resource extraction
Scientific career
FieldsGeomechanics
Institutions2001–2003: Nanyang Technological University
2003 to date: Monash University

Ranjith Pathegama Gamage[1] is an Australian academic based at Monash University, where he holds the position of Professor in Geomechanics Engineering.[1][2] His research has significantly influenced understanding of the Carbon sequestration.[2] He has also developed new sustainable technologies[3] for extracting resources (e.g. minerals)[4] from deep earth[5] and natural gas from coal seams, shale, and tight geological formations.[1][2]

Education and early life

Ranjith was born in Sri Lanka and he received his BSc in Engineering (with a UNESCO Gold Medal) from the University of Moratuwa, after which he gained a PhD from Wollongong University, Australia.[6] His PhD was on the “Stress-strain and permeability characteristics of two-phase (water+gas) flow through fractured rocks”[7]. His first job after the PhD was as an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.[1] He returned to Australia in 2003 to work at Monash University.[1]

Academic and research career

Ranjith is the founder and director of the Deep Earth Energy Research Lab[8][9] at Monash University. His research areas include Carbon sequestration, unconventional oil, unconventional gas (shale gas, tight gas, coal seam gas, gas hydrate), deep geothermal energy[10][11][12][3][13][14], geomechanics, rock mechanics, enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methodologies, hydraulic fracturing, sand production from unconsolidated reservoirs, and future technologies for in-situ mining.[1][4] He has also done substantial work in converting industrial waste products into useful and environmentally sustainable materials, such as cement or fertiliser.[15] Around 2015 he began developing a new product for sustainable deep earth resource recovery: called SREMA[16].

Brief list of academic activities:

  • Supervises PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.[17]
  • Publishes peer-reviewed research outputs[18] (including books, book chapters, and journal papers).
  • Serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal: Geomechanics and Geophysics for GeoEnergy and GeoResource.[19]
  • Founder and Chair of the International Conference on Geomechanics for GeoEnergy and GeoResources (IC3G) which runs every two years.[20][21][22]

Awards and honours

  • 2020: Global leader in Mining and Mineral Resources (one of the 9 global filed leaders).[4]
  • 2020: finalist for 2020 R&D 100 Awards.[23]
  • 2019: elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.[24]
  • 2017: Elsevier Scopus award for Sustainability.[25]
  • 2013: the Australian Leadership award.[17]
  • 2009: an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship for his research work to combat climate change.[26]
  • Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Engineers Australia.[27]

In the media

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Ranjith Pathegama Gamage". Monash University.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Prof. Ranjith Pathegama". Association of Geotechnical Societies in Southeast Asia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "IIT Hyderabad Analysis Moots Geothermal Energy As A Greener Alternative To Technologies Currently In Use". BW Education. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Research September 2020 — Research special report". Research September 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  5. "Buried treasure" (PDF).
  6. "Professor Ranjith Pathegama Gamage". Engineering. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  7. Indraratna, Buddhima; Ranjith, P. (2001-06-01). "Laboratory measurement of two-phase flow parameters in rock joints based on high pressure triaxial testing". Faculty of Engineering - Papers (Archive). 127 (6): 530–542. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(2001)127:6(530).
  8. "3GDeep Research Group, Monash University". 3GDeep.
  9. "Deep Earth Energy". Civil Engineering, Monash University.
  10. Bhattacharyya, Rica. "IIT Hyderabad analysis says geothermal energy better than photovoltaic energy". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  11. "Is Solar All That 'Green'? Here's Why IIT-Hyd Thinks Geothermal Energy Is More Eco-Friendly". The Better India. 2020-01-11. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  12. "IIT-H, Monash university analysis moots geothermal energy". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2020-01-09. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-10-06.CS1 maint: others (link)
  13. "Geothermal energy better than solar power: IIT-Hyderabad and Australian varsity joint study". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  14. "Geothermal Energy is better than photovoltaic energy: IIT-H researchers claims".
  15. P.G. Ranjith, N.L.Ukwattage; M.Bouazza (July 2013). "The use of coal combustion fly ash as a soil amendment in agricultural lands (with comments on its potential to improve food security and sequester carbon)". Fuel. 109: 400–408. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2013.02.016.
  16. P.G. Ranjith, V.R.S.De Silva; M.S.A.Perera, B.Wu (October 2018). "A modified, hydrophobic soundless cracking demolition agent for non-explosive demolition and fracturing applications". Process Safety and Environmental Protection. 119: 1–13. doi:10.1016/j.psep.2018.07.010.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Professor Ranjith Pathegama Gamage". Monash University.
  18. "Prof Ranjith Pathegama Gamage". scholar.google.com.
  19. "Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources". Springer. Springer.
  20. "International conference on Geomechanics, Geoenergy and Georesources (2018)". IC3G 2018.
  21. "International conference on Geomechanics, Geoenergy and Georesources (2016)". IC3G 2016.
  22. "International Conference on Geo-mechanics, Geo-energy and Geo-resources". www.science-community.org. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  23. "Finalists for 2020 R&D 100 Awards are unveiled". Research & Development World. 2020-09-21. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  24. "Professor Ranjith Pathegama Gamage – Resource recovery innovator". ATSE.
  25. "Video: Ranjith Pathegama Gamage -- Scopus Awards winner". newscientist.com.
  26. "Ranjith Pathegama Gamage". Monash University.
  27. "Prof. Ranjith Pathegama". AGSSEA.

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