Kalum Palandage has been a member of Trinity College since
2010. He earned his B.S. in Physics (Honors) with a minor in Mathematics from
the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and continued his education, obtainingÂ MSc and Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the University of
Connecticut.

Palandage' s primary research focus is Computational
Condensed Matter Physics, a field that involves utilizing powerful computers to
simulate and comprehend the behavior of electrons, atoms, and molecules. He
maintains close collaborations with Brookhaven National Laboratory and makes
use of their advanced computational resources for his research. His work
revolves around exploring these simulations to gain insights into complex
quantum systems. A notable area of his research involves the study of magnetic
semiconductors, for which he employs a specialized technique known as Density
Functional Theory (DFT) to investigate these materials on a fundamental level.

Beyond his contributions to condensed matter physics,
Palandage engages in research related to radiation and biology as well. He
shows interest in utilizing tools like Geant4 and techniques such as Monte
Carlo simulations to study the behavior of radiation in different scenarios,
thus illuminating its interactions in various contexts.