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Chandrika Kulatilleke, Ph. D. (Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry - Wayne State University)- 2000

My research interests are basically divided into two categories. Bio-inorganic chemistry & Environmental chemistry

Bio-inorganic chemistry - I am interested in looking at the thermodynamic and kinetic
aspects of transition metal complexes which are formed with macrocyclic ligands and explore their functions, properties and structure-activity relationships in biological systems. I am particularly interested in understanding the aspects of "macrocylic effect " of these metal complexes.

Environmental chemistry - I am also interested in exploring the field of pesticides and their effects on the environment. This relates to the analysis of pesticide residues on fruits, vegetables and other commodities as well as the effects of these residues on water bodies.


P. Wijetunge, C. P. Kulatilleke, L.T. Dressel, M. J. Heeg, L. A. Ochrymowycz and D.B. Rorabacher

      "Effect of Conformational Constraints on Gated Electron-Transfer Kinetics. 3. Copper(II/I) Complexes with cis and trans-Cyclopentanediyl-[14]anes4," Inorg. Chem. (American Chemical Society) 2000, 39, (13), 2897-2905.
C.P. Kulatilleke, S.N. Goldie, L.A. Ochrymowycz and D.B. Rorabacher
  Formation and Dissociation Kinetics and Crystal Structures of Nickel(II) Macrocyclic tetrathia- ether Complexes in Acetonitrile. Comparison to Nickel(II) Macrocyclic Tetramines," Inorg. Chem. (American Chemica Society) 2000, 39, (7), 1444-1453.
C.P. Kulatilleke, S.N.Goldie, L.A. Ochrymowycz and D.B. Rorabacher
  "Unusually High Selectivity of Polythiaethers for Copper(II) over Nickel(II)," Inorg. Chem. (American Chemical Society) 1999, 38, (25), 5906-5909.
K. Krylova, C.P. Kulatilleke, M.J. Heeg, C.A. Salhi, L.A. Ochrymowycz and D.B. Rorabacher
  "A Structural Strategy for Generating Rapid Electron-Transfer Kinetics in Copper(II/I) Systems," Inorg. Chem. (American Chemical Society) 1999, 38, (19), 4322-4328.
A.M. Mubarak and C.P. Kulatilleke,
  "Sulphur Constituents of Neem Seed Volatiles: A Revision, " Phytochemistry (Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd. Oxford) 1990, 29, 3351-3352