Dukula De Alwis Jayasinghe FHEA

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Overview

PhD Researcher in Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for ammonia adsorption and catalysis.

Supervised by Prof. Sihai Yang and Prof. Martin Schröder. 

Dean's Doctoral Scholar - 2022

Interests

Over 170 million tonnes of ammonia (NH3) are produced annually for agricultural and chemical industries. However, atmospheric NH3 is considered as a toxic, corrosive gas which has adverse effects on the environment and public health. Current methods of capture and storage of NH3 are expensive and energetically highly costly. Robust porous materials such as metal-organic frameworks have shown potential for NH3 adsorption and storage, and the Manchester MOF group has made recent major breakthroughs. I am interested in the synthesis and characterisation of MOFs and COFs for storage and cracking of NH3, which involves converting stored NH3 to H2, a highly sought renewable energy source. 

Crystallography is required in order to elucidicate various characterisatics of MOFs, including the basic structure to adsorption sites and to understand the interaction routes within the pores. I am also working in this area in detail, with data aquired from the Synchotron and Neutron Diffraction centres.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2022 - current)

Equality Diversity Inclusion (EDI) PGR Representative for the Department of Chemistry (2021 - current)

Departmental Postgraduate Representative (2022 - current) - For any queries, please contact me via email.

Areas of expertise

  • QD Chemistry - Metal-Organic Frameworks, Synthesis, Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2022 - Master of Chemistry, An exploration into the formation of mononuclear and multinuclear helicate and cubic structures during the targeted synthesis of trigonal bipyramidal cages using a novel heteroditopic ligand., The University of Manchester (2018 - 2022)

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