College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry and Physics
Dr. Channa De Silva is an Associate Professor of Chemistry<br>at Western Carolina University. He was born in Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian<br>ocean. He completed his BS degree in<br>Chemistry at University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. Dr. De Silva completed<br>his PhD Degree in Chemistry at University of Arizona in 2007. He worked as a post-doctoral research associate at<br>the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington, Materials Science & Engineering Department at University of Arizona, and Bio5 Institute at University of Arizona. He started working at Western<br>Carolina University in August 2010. Dr.<br>De Silva teaches chemistry and carries out research in the areas of<br>nanotechnology, biotechnology, and computational chemistry.<br><br>
Inorganic Chemistry, General Chemistry (lecture and lab), Organic Chemistry labs, Organometallic Chemistry
Nanotechnology, Inorganic Materials, Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Antimicrobial activity and cell toxicity studies of nanomaterials, <i>in vitro</i> imaging of human cells (including cancer cells) using luminescent probes, Solid phase peptide synthesis for developing peptide probes targeted to G-protein coupled receptors.