Anjana M. Samarakoon is a postdoctoral research associate in both the Emerging Materials and Neutron and X-ray Scattering groups, Material Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory. He received his B.S. from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2010 and 2017, respectively. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Neutron Scattering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He won the Neutron Scattering Division Award in the category of Postdoc of the Year in 2019. He joined the Materials Science Division at Argonne in 2021.
Anjana’s research interest combines neutron and x-ray scattering experiments, advanced data analysis, and numerical modeling. He pioneered a machine-learning assisted method to address the inverse-scattering problem for diffuse magnetic scattering experiments. Further, he innovates and investigates data science approaches to address bottlenecks in scattering data analysis. Moreover, he has experience in crystal growth and characterization of magnetic and thermodynamic properties. He has worked on topics ranging from frustrated magnets, spin glasses, quantum spin liquids, topological materials to relaxor ferroelectrics.