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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

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H.V. Rasika Dias
Professor of Chemistry Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas 76019-0065

Rasika was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at the University of Peradeniya and obtained a B.Sc. Honours (First Class) degree in 1983. He then moved to the US (1984) to pursue his graduate work in Chemistry at University of California, Davis under the direction of Professor Philip Power and received the Ph.D. in 1988. His graduate research was mainly focussed on the low-valent and low-coordinate compounds of Group 13-15 elements. After this, he spent close to three years at the DuPont Central Research & Development, Delaware as a Visiting Research Scientist, working 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 Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is also a visiting research professor at the Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka. His current research activities concern homogeneous catalysis, photoluminescent materials, coordination chemistry of fluorinated ligands, synthesis of isolable models for reaction intermediates, development of greener routes to conducting polymers, and the study of bonding in metal adducts.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Chemistry, 1988, University of California, Davis, California B.Sc. (First Class Honors), Chemistry, 1983, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
9/04-present Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington, TX 5/99-present Visiting Research Professor, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka 9/97-8/04 Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington, TX 9/92-8/97 Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington, TX 3/90-8/92 Visiting Research Scientist, E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, DE 11/89-2/90 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Davis, CA 9/88-10/89 Analytical Chemist, PACE Laboratories, Inc., CA 9/84-8/88 Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, University of California at Davis, CA 1/84-6/84 Assistant Lecturer, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

SOURCES OF FUNDS (PAST & PRESENT)
The Robert A. Welch Foundation, National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund, Advanced Technology Program (Texas Higher Education Coordination Board), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) through the SPRING program in Texas

PUBLICATIONS
Over 135 in leading journals

PRESENTATIONS
Over 80 presentations given at various ACS meetings, academic institutions, and at Chemical Industries

 
STUDENTS (PAST AND PRESENT)
Hui-Ling Lu (M.S.) Himashinie Diyabalanage (Ph.D.)
Ziyun Wang (M.S.) Jose Thankamani (M.S.)
Hyoung-Juhn Kim (M.S.) Chammi Palehepitiya-Gamage (Ph.D.)
Wiechang Jin (Ph.D.) Mauro Fianchini
Ziyun Wang (Ph.D.) Jaime Flores
Ashley Ayers (M.S.) Jiang Wu
Sharon Polach (Ph.D.)  
Timothy Goh (M.S.)  
     
Undergraduate
John Gorden James Turner Ivan Omari
George Thomas Yvonne Eyobo Sanaz Noorkeyhani
Robert Ratcliff Theresa Poth Nadeeka Dias
Manoj Patel Jeff Brewer Nathan Roher
Tian Wong Daniel Shaw Evelyn Odhiambo
Lesly McKinney Neel Patel Nathan Roehr
Jeremy Keltner Moya Bowman Erin Maxfield
Richard Lynn Keith Batdorf Lilian Monie
Choung Pham Emily Chew Bruk Hailu
 
High School
Antal Desai Jeevan Kumar
Christina Yrigogen Natalie Wang
Rita Garg Anu Verma
Huyen Duong Daniel Been
Alap Shah Christopher Lam
Abraham Lo Dhrumil Mehta
 
Post doctoral fellows and visiting scholars
Dr. Liu Huai Ms. Jennifer Stimpson
Dr. Shreeyukta Singh Ms. Kathleen Holley
Dr. Xiaoyu Wang Dr. Milan Krishantha
Ms. Bhupinder Mangat Dr. Cindy (Xiaodi) Kou
Prof. Gamini Rajapakse Dr. Huixiong Dai
Dr. Krishnan Rangan
 
Doctoral dissertations completed under Dr. Dias' supervision
Wiechang Jin "Metal Complexes of Highly Fluorinated Tris(pyrazolyl)borates and Aminotroponiminate Ligands"; November 1996
Ziyun Wang "Synthetic, Structural, and Spectroscopic Studies of Titanium, Zirconium, Hafnium, Germanium, and Silver Derivatives of Nitrogen Based Ligands"; August 1998
Sharon A. Polach "Coinage Metal Complexes of Fluorinated Pyrazole Based Ligands";
December 2002
Himashinie V. K. Diyabalanage “Photoluminescent Coinage Metal Pyrazolates and Some Group Fourteen Derivatives of Aminotroponiminates”; December 2005
Chammi S. Palehepitiya Gamage “Computational Studies of Small Inorganic Molecules and Synthesis of Coinage Metal Pyrazolate Complexes”; December 2007
M.S. theses completed under Dr. Dias' supervision
Ziyun Wang "Preparation of Amido Fluorenyl Ligands and Their Group 4 Metal Complexes"; August 1995
Hui-Ling Lu "Preparation of Trifluoromethylated Poly(pyrazolyl)borates and Their Copper(I) Complexes"; August 1996
Hyoung-Juhn Kim "Synthesis and Characterization of Mn(I) and Cu(I) Carbonyl
Complexes of Highly Fluorinated Tris(pyrazolyl)borate Ligands"; August 1996
Ashley E. Ayers “Halide and Pseudohalide Derivatives of Germanium(II) and Tin(II)”; August 2002
Research, teaching, and presentation awards won by Dr. Dias’ students
ACS Meeting-in-Miniature, Oral presentation, second place award, John Gordon, 1995
Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Wiechang Jin, 1996
Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ziyun Wang, 1997
Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Sharon Polach, 2000
UTA Graduate Student Research Symposium, First Place Award Winner, Sharon Polach, 2000
UTA Graduate Student Research Symposium, Third Place Award Winner, Tim Goh, 2001
Science Teaching Assistant Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Sharon Polach, 2001
Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ashley Ayers, 2002
Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Himashinie Diyabalanage, 2003
UTA Graduate Student Research Symposium, Dean’s Award, Himashinie Diyabalanage, 2003
Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chammi S. P. Gamage, 2005
Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mauro Fianchini, 2007
Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, Mauro Fianchini, 2007
Undergraduate Research Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Nathan Roehr, 2007
UTA ACES, President’s Award for best presentation, Mauro Fianchini, 2008
Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Jaime Flores, 2008