place holderChandrika Kulatilleke

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Bio-Inorganic /Biochemistry Inorganic/Environmental and Analytical Chemistry

Phone: (646) 660-6219
Location: Room 804A, 17 Lexington Ave


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

Post-Doctoral - Biochemistry

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Visiting Professorship - Northwestern University


Baruch College Grant Development Program Award - 2017

Visiting Professorship - Duke University - 2016-2017


My research interests can be broadly 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 bodies of water.


C. P. Kulatilleke

         “Characterization and Properties of the Copper(II/I) Complexes of Macrocyclic Hexathiaether Ligand [21[aneS6,” Polyhedron 2007, 26 (6), 1166-1172.

 C.P. Kulatilleke, S.A. de Silva and Y. Eliav*

         “A Coumarin Based Fluorescent Photo Induced Electron Transfer Cation Sensor,” Polyhedron 2006, 25 (13), 2593-2596.

(* - Baruch College Science-Major Undergraduate Student)

S.H. Kakos, L.T. Dressel, J. D. Bushendorf, C.P. Kotarba, P. Wijesinghe, C. P. Kulatilleke, M.P. McGillivary, G. Chaka, M.J, Heeg, L.A. Ochrymowycz, D.B. Rorabacher

         “Effect of Constrained Donor Atom Orientations on the Stabilities, Complexation Kinetics, Redox Potentials, and Structures of Macrocyclic Polythiaether Complexes. Coper(II) Complexes with Cyclopentanediyl Derivatives of [14]aneS4 in 80% Methanol,” Inorg. Chem. (American Chemical Society) 2006, 45 (2), 923-034.

C.P. Kulatilleke

         “Thiaether Ligands as Unique Copper Chelators” J. of Inorg. Biochem.  2003, 96, 1, 172

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


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