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Channa R. De Silva

Channa De Silva

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry and Physics

Contact Information

Email: mhdesilva@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3637
Office: 213 Natural Science Building

Biography

Dr. Channa De Silva is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Western Carolina University. He was born in Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian ocean. He completed his BS degree in Chemistry at University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. Dr. De Silva completed his PhD Degree in Chemistry at University of Arizona in 2017. He worked as a post-doctoral research associate at 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 Carolina University in August 2010. Dr. De Silva teaches chemistry and carries out research in the areas of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and computational chemistry.<br><br>

Education

  • Ph D, University of Arizona, Chemistry
  • BS, Foreign Institution, Chemistry

Teaching Interests

Inorganic Chemistry, General Chemistry (lecture and lab), Organic Chemistry labs, Organometallic Chemistry

Research Interests

Nanotechnology, Inorganic Materials, 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.

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