Professor K. Sarath D. Perera

Senior Professor in Chemistry

Chemistry
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Contact:

CRC, Room 311, 3rd Floor, New Science and Technology Building

Office: +94-11-2881414, Ext: 414 Mobile: NULL

Email: ksper@ou.ac.lk NULL


I received my Ph. D. (with Prof. James Grimshaw on “Electroactive Polymer modified Electrodes” with poly(amino acids), polypyrroles, and polythiophenes) in 1989 from the Queen’s University of Belfast, UK. From September 1989 to May 1995, I was a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds where I carried out research work in the areas of Organometallic ChemistryCatalysis (with Prof. Bernard L. Shaw, FRScomplexes of PO, PN, PP, PNP, PNN, PNS, PNO, PNC, NNC ligands, cyclometallation, agostic interaction, F coordination, CH and CX bond activation and Heck olefination) and Boron Chemistry (with Prof. John D. Kennedycomplexes of B16H20, B18H22, and B20H16 and thiaboranes). Then, I joined The Open University of Sri Lanka as a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry (1995-2003), was appointed Head/Department of Chemistry (April 2002 to September 2004). I was promoted to Professor in Chemistry (2003-2011) and then to Senior Professor in Chemistry (November 2011 to date). I have authored about 20 Chemistry Books. I involved in publishing over 70 Scientific Papers in International refereed Journals with over 1000 citations (web of Science) and I have presented over 40 papers in Conferences. I am a recipient of many Research Fellowships from University of Leeds (1989-2002) and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2005 to date), with Prof. Sylvia M. DraperN- and S-doped graphenes, complexes of N-heterosuperbenzene, azafluoranthenes and pyridyl polyphenylenes, and inorganic polymers). I received many Research Awards including CVCD Excellence Award in 2012 for the Most Outstanding Senior Researcher in Physical Sciences. I was the Editor-in-Chief of the OUSL Journal of The Open University of Sri Lanka for three years (2014-2016).

ResearchGate: Sarath D. Perera ; Citations 1022; h-index 17; RG Score 34.40 which is higher than 92.5% of ResearchGate members. Google Scholar: Sarath D. Perera; Citations 1128; h-index 18.

Area of Specification:

Electroactive polymers, Catalysis, Organic and Inorganic Synthesis

Research Intrests:

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry; Use of metal complexes in organic synthesis; Boron Chemistry; and N- and S-doped polyphenylenes, graphenes and their complexes

Affiliations:
  1. Fellow – Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon
  2. Member – Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
Course Coordination:
  • Inorganic Chemistry (CYU4300/CMU2122)..
  • Organometallic Chemistry (CYU5300/CMU3122). .
  • Literatre Project in Chemistry (CYU5310/CMU3134)..
  • Research Project in Chemistry (CYU5611/CMU3235)..
  • Understanding Law (LLU3261/LWU1161).

Lecture courses for the B.Sc. Special Degree

  • Advanced Organometallic Chemistry (CYU6600)
  • .Inorganic NMR Spectroscopy (CYU6304).
  • Structural Chemistry (CYU6304)
  • Chemistry of Nitrogen (CYU6301)
Awards:

Scholarships/Prizes/Awards:

President’s Award for Scientific Publication – 2014

Annual Research Award – 2014 from the Open University of Sri Lanka

CVCD Excellence Award – 2012 for the Most Outstanding Senior Researcher in Physical Sciences from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Directors (CVCD) of Sri Lanka

President’s Award for Scientific Publication – 2011

Annual Research Award – 2010 from the Open University of Sri Lanka

Annual Research Award – 2009 from the Open University of Sri Lanka

President’s Award for Scientific Publication – 2007

Presidential Award for Research – 2006

Presidential Award for Research – 2005

Presidential Award for Research – 2004

Presidential Award for Research – 2003

Award for Excellence in Research – 2003 from the Open University of Sri Lanka

Organic Chemistry Research Prize – 1986 from the Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

ORS Award from the Queen’s University, Belfast, UK (1985-1989)

 

Fellowships/Academic Distinctions/Training:

Research Fellowship (April 2017 to June 2018) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Research Fellowship (Sept-Nov 2014) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Research Fellowship (Sept-Nov 2014) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Research Fellowship (Sept-Nov 2013) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Research Fellowship (May-July 2012) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Research Fellowship (Mar-May 2011) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Research Fellowship (July-Sept 2009) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Research Fellowship (Aug-Oct 2008) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Research Fellowship (April 2005 to March 2007) from the University of Dublin, Ireland

Participated the program on “Good practices in open and distance learning” conducted by Open University Malaysia, Malaysia, 12-16th July, 2004

Participated the “Distance Education Training Program” conducted by

Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand, 17-25th July, 2004

Admitted to Fellow of Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon, 2002

Research Fellowship (July to September 2002) from the University of Leeds

Visiting Scientist (June to August 2001) to the University of Leeds

Visiting Scientist (June to August 2000) to the University of Leeds

Royal Society Visiting Fellow (March to May 1999) to the University of Leeds

Senior Research Fellowship (February to April 1998) from the University of Leeds

Senior Research Fellowship (February to April 1997) from the University of Leeds

Research Fellowship (September 1989 to May 1995) from the University of Leeds

Researches:

Selected Publications (see CV for the Full List)

I have been involved in publishing over 70 Scientific Papers in International Journals.

Over 40 Abstracts and Extended Abstracts have been presented at Conferences/Seminars.

My publications have been cited over 1000 times. You may download research articles from ResearchGate.net https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarath_Perera2 ; My RG Score is 34.4 which is higher than 92.5% of ResearchGate members.

  1. N- and S-doped graphenes, polyphenylenes and related compounds, L. P. Wijesinghe, S. D. Perera, & S. M. Draper, RSC, Adv, 2017, 7, 24163-67; Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 10637; C. Delaney, S. D. Perera, G. M. Ó Máille & S. M. Draper, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 1599; C. J. Matin, B. GilS. D. Perera & S. M. Draper, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 3616; and  Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2011, 3491; C. M. A. Ollangnier S. D. Perera, C. M. Fitchett & S. M. Draper, Dalton Trans. 2008, 283.
  2. Macropolyhedral boron-containing cluster chemistry. S. D. Perera, et al., Chem. Commun., 1997, 217 and 2007, 3559; Dalton Trans, 2004, 1521 and 2006, 5221.
  3. Chelating diphosphine-palladium(II) dihalides: Outstandingly good catalysts for Heck Reactions of aryl halides. B. L. Shaw & S. D. Perera. Chem. Commun., 1998, 1863. B. L. Shaw, S. D. Perera & E. M. Staley, Chem. Commun., 1998, 1361.
  4. A general method of promoting oxidative addition of C-H bonds and agostic interactions (Ru-H-C). S. D. Perera & B. L. Shaw, Chem. Commun., 1994, 1201 & 1203.
  5. Complexes of transition metals: S. D. Perera, B. L. Shaw et al, J. Organomet. Chem., 1991, 402, 133; Dalton Trans., 1992, 1469; 1995, 624; 1995, 633; 1995, 641; 1995, 1689; 1995, 2057; 1995, 3861;  1996, 3111; 1997, 435; 1997, 2607; 1998, 1885; 1998, 2887.
  6. Polypyrrole as a support for electrocatalytic materials. D. Curran, J. Grimshaw & S. D. Perera. Chem. Soc. Rev., 1991, 20, 391. Electrochemical behaviour of polythiophene and polypyrrole films. J. Grimshaw  & S. D. Perera.  J. Electroanal. Chem., 1990, 278, 279 & 287; 1990, 281, 125.
Publications:

Books/Monographs:

23. Syntheses of Metal Complexes and Catalysis, 3rd Edition, 2018, ISBN-978-955-23-1625-8.

22. Reactions of Organometallic Complexes, 3rd Edition, 2018, ISBN-978-955-23-1626-5.

21. Concepts in Organometallic Chemistry, 3rd Edition, 2018, ISBN-978-955-23-1628-9.

20. Coordination Chemistry, Revised Edition, 2017, ISBN-978-955-23-1627-2.

19. Periodicity and Elements in Biology, 2013, ISBN-978-955-23-1200-7.

18. Applications in Chemistry, 2012, ISBN-978-955-23-1351-6.

17. Descriptive Chemistry of Elements, 2012, ISBN-978-955-23-1304-2.

16. Transition Metal Catalysis, 2nd Edition, 2010, ISBN-978-955-23-1203-8.

15. Reactions of Organometallic Compounds, 2nd Edition, 2010, ISBN-978-955-23-1202-1.

14. Principles of Organometallic Chemistry, 2nd Edition, 2010, ISBN-978-955-23-1201-4.

13. Coordination Chemistry, 2nd Edition, 2010, ISBN-978-955-23-1152-9.

12. Safety and Good Laboratory Practices, 2009, ISBN-978-955-23-1141-3.

11. Inorganic NMR Spectroscopy, 2007, ISBN-955-9244-26-4.

10. ”d-Gonuwa”, 2003, ISBN-955-23-0922-0 (in Sinhala medium).

9.  Basic Inorganic Chemistry – “d-Block”, 2003, ISBN-955-23-0923-9.

8.  Nitrogen Cycle and Nitrogen Fixation, 2003, ISBN-955-23-0921-2.

7.  Chemistry of Metallocenes, 2002, ISBN-955-9244-19-1.

6.  Organometallic Chemistry-Reactions, 2001, ISBN-955-23-0892-5.

5.  Organometallic Chemistry-Reactions, 2001, ISBN-955-23-0892-5.

4.  Organometallic Chemistry-Basic Concepts and Bonding, 2001, ISBN-955-23-0891-7.

3.  Nuclear Chemistry & Chemistry in Non-aqueous Solutions, 1997, ISBN-955-23-0641-8.

2.  Coordination Chemistry, 1996, ISBN-955-23-0640-X.

1.  Inorganic Reactions, 1995, ISBN-955-23-0597-7.

Editorials in Journals, visit http://ouslj.sljol.info/

5. Editorial, OUSL Journal, Volume 11, 2016, DOI: 10.4038/ouslj.v11i0.7339
4. Editorial, OUSL Journal, Volume 10, 2016, DOI: 10.4038/ouslj.v10i0.7331
3. Editorial, OUSL Journal, Volume 9, 2015, DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v9i0.7323
2. Editorial, OUSL Journal, Volume 8, 2015, DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v8i0.7314
1. Editorial, OUSL Journal, Volume 7, 2014, DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v7i0.7312

Open Educational Materials authored in English and Sinhala Media, visit http://oer.ou.ac.lk/index.php/chemistry

  1. Biomolecules & Biopolymers
  2. Fats, Oils & Detergents
  3. Food Additives
  4. Health and Medicine
  5. Synthetic Polymers
  6. The Periodic Table and Periodicity
  7. Descriptive Chemistry of Elements:  s-Block
  8. Descriptive Chemistry of Elements:  d-Block
  9. Descriptive Chemistry of Elements:  p-Block
  10. Hydrogen
  11. Safety and Good Laboratory Practices

Articles In Newsletters

9. The magic of coconut oil. K. De Silva and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2019, I, submitted.

8. Vitamins: Micronutrient for good health. K. De Silva and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2018, III, in press.

7. Tea: A treasure for health and wealth. K. De Silva and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2018, II, p-24.

6. Spices for taste, health & wealth. K. De Silva and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2017, III, p-11.

5. The disaster of drugs: What is the way out? R. G. G. Roshan Pradeep and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2017, II, p-25.

4. Some food for thought about the food you eat. K. De Silva and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2017, I, p-07.

3. The green is the new red: better chemistry for greener world. S. Amith and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2016, II, p-20.

2. Drug abuse, addiction, and the magic of “getting high”. R. G. G. Roshan Pradeep and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2016, I, p-30.

1. The good, the bad and the ugly of cosmetics. A. J. Prasadini Thilakarathna and K. Sarath D. Perera, The OPEN, 2016, I, p-20.

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