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Office: Chemistry
Research Building Room 305
Phone: 817-272-3813
E-mail: dias@uta.edu
Fax: 817-272-3808
Labs: Chemistry
Research Building
Rooms 316, 318, 320
Dias Group
Dr. Rasika Dias
Rasika Dias was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He received his B.Sc. (first class honors) degree in chemistry from University of Peradeniya in 1983 and Ph.D. in chemistry from University of California, Davis in 1988. His graduate research under the direction of Professor Philip Power was mainly focused on the low-valent and low-coordinate compounds of Group 13-15 elements. He then spent close to three years at the DuPont Central Research & Development, Delaware as a Visiting Research Scientist and worked with Dr. Anthony Arduengo and played a major role in the development of “stable” carbenes (NHC) and their main-group element adducts. Rasika joined the University of Texas at Arlington faculty in 1992, where he is presently a Distinguished Scholar Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He also served as a visiting research professor at the Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka. His current research activities concern homogeneous catalysis, photo-luminescent materials, coordination chemistry of fluorinated ligands, synthesis of isolable models for reaction intermediates, bio-mimetic and enzymatic oxidation chemistry, development of greener routes to chemicals, novel disinfectants and preservatives, and the study of bonding in metal adducts



Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Naveen Kulkarni




Dr. Guocang Wang

Graduate Researchers


Naleen B. Jayaratna






Shawn G. Ridlen

Shawn Ridlen joined the Dias research group in the Spring of 2013. Prior to attending UTA, Shawn recieved his BS in Chemistry from the University of West Georiga in his home state. While at UWG Shawn was awarded the HOPE scholarship throughout all four years of study and worked under the guidance of Dr. Megumi Fujita on an undergraduate thesis entitled: Synthesis of a Preorganized Dinucleating Ligand: An indolo[2,3-a]carbazole Derivative. After completeing his study at UWG, Shawn attended the Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte persueing a MS in Chemistry under the guidence of Dr. Jordan C. Poler. While at UNCC, Shawn successfully defended his MS thesis “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Multi-nuclear Charged Ruthenium Complexes” in the summer of 2012.





Undergraduate Researchers


Preston Rogers