Dr. Kokila Ranasinghe

Senior Lecturer

Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Senior Lecturer

Colombo Regional Center, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala

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E-mail: koran@ou.ac.lk

Academic record:

  • PhD in Chemistry – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA (2018)
  • BSc (Honor Degree in Chemistry) – University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2012)

Professional record:

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka (2022 April to present)
  • Lecturer, Department of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (2019 – 2022 April)
  • Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA (2018 – 2014)
Areas of Specialization:
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
Research interests:
  • Design, synthesis, characterization and property analysis of novel inorganic/organometallic complexes.
  • Design and develop sustainable solutions for disposing and recycling biodegradable waste.
  • Full member – Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
  • Member – Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
  • Associate Member – Women Chemists Committee of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon
Course Coordination:
  • CYU3201 – Basic Principles of Chemistry II
    CYU4300 – Inorganic Chemistry
  • TWAS research grant award 2021 – sponsored by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to be utilized until 2nd of November 2023. Proposal Title: Evaluation of [Re(CO)3L]+ Complexes of L = NN(SO2R)N-Type Linear Tridentate Sulfonamide Ligands as Theragnostic PhotoCORMs (Photo-Activated CO Releasing Molecules).
  • Mary Jo Pribble Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry 2018 –awarded by the Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, USA.
  • Coates Conference Travel Award 2017 – offered by the College of Science, Louisiana State University to present a research paper at SERMACS 2017.
  • Merit Award for Scientific Publications 2016 – awarded by the National Research Council, Sri Lanka (2016).
  • Merit Award 2013 – Inter University Chemistry Competition (Royal Society of Chemistry, Sri Lanka).

International Publications:

  • Ranasinghe, K.; Marzilli, P. A.; Pakhomova, S.; Marzilli, L. G. New fac-[ReI(CO)3(Ltri)]Y complexes of linear N,N,N′′-tridentate ligands (Ltri) with terminal imidazolyl or pyridyl ring (N and N′′) and central tertiary sulfonamide (N) N-donors. Effects of size and substituents of the terminal N-donor rings and the rarely found direct sulfonamide N to metal bond, Inorg. Chim. Acta 2021, 533, 120781. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2021.120781.
  • Ranasinghe, K.; Marzilli, P. A.; Fronzek, F. R.; Marzilli, L. G. Linear Bidentate Ligands (L) with Two Terminal Pyridyl N-Donor Groups Forming PtIILCl2 Complexes with Rare Eight-Membered Chelate Rings, Inorg. Chem.2018, 57, 12756–12768. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b01943.
  • Ranasinghe, K.; Marzilli, P. A.; Pakhomova, S; Marzilli, L. G. A Very Rare Example of a Structurally Characterized 3′-GMP Metal Complex. NMR and Synthetic Assessment of Adducts Formed by Guanine Derivatives with [Pt(Ltri)Cl]Cl Complexes with an N,N’,N” Tridentate Ligand (Ltri) Terminated by Imidazole Rings, Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 8462–8477. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01176.
  • Ranasinghe, K.; Handunnetti, S.; Perera, I. C.; Perera, T. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Rhenium(I) Complexes towards Potential Biological Imaging Applications. Chem. Cent. J. 2016, 10, 71. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13065-016-0218-4.

Local Publications:

Chandramali, M.A.N.; Ranasinghe, K. Evaluation of the effect of cocopeat in continuous thermophilic composting (CTC) of kitchen waste, a preliminary study of the process rate and the quality of compost. Journal of Science-FAS-SEUSL. 20

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