Faculty

Hemamala
Karunadasa

Assistant Professor
Education: 
A.B., 2003, Princeton University
Ph.D., 2009, University of California, Berkeley

Awards: 
Gabilan Junior Faculty Fellow, 2012
NSF CAREER award, 2014
Chemistry Research Area: 
Inorganic
Chemistry Research Area: 
Materials Science
Phone: 
650-723-0288

Principal Research Interests

We approach solid-state materials using the tools of synthetic molecular chemistry and design hybrids to combine the strengths of molecules and extended solids. We target materials for applications in renewable energy and pollution management: sorbents for environmental pollutants, phosphors for solid-state lighting, electrodes for secondary batteries, absorbers for solar cells, etc.  We also design molecular centers for the electro- and photo-catalytic activation of small molecules relevant to clean-energy cycles. Exploration is at the forefront of our research efforts and we often work with researchers in other disciplines to drive the discovery of new materials.

Representative Publications

1) “Self-assembly of broadband white-light emitters,” E.R. Dohner, E.T. Hoke, and H.I. Karunadasa, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 1718 (2014)
 
2) “Reversible and irreversible chemisorption in nonporous-crystalline hybrids,” D. Solis-Ibarra and H.I. Karunadasa, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 53, 1039 (2014)
 
3) "A molecular MoS2 edge site for catalytic hydrogen production," H.I. Karunadasa, E. Montalvo, Y. Sun, M. Majda, J.R. Long, and C.J. Chang, Science, 335, 698 (2012)  

4) "A molecular molybdenum-oxo catalyst for generating hydrogen from water," H.I. Karunadasa, C.J. Chang, and J.R. Long, Nature, 464, 1329 (2010)

5) "Synthesis and redox-induced structural isomerization of the pentagonal bipyramidal complexes [W(CN)5(CO)2]3-/2-," H.I. Karunadasa and J.R. Long, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 45, 738 (2009)

6) "Honeycombs of triangles and magnetic frustration in SrLn2O4 (Ln = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb)," H.I. Karunadasa, Q. Huang,  B.G. Ueland, P. Schiffer, and R.J. Cava, Phys. Rev. B, 71, 144414 (2005)
 

7) "Ba2LnSbO6 and Sr2LnSbO6 (Ln = Dy, Ho, Gd) double perovskites: lanthanides in the geometrically frustrating fcc lattice," H.I. Karunadasa, Q. Huang, B.G. Ueland, P. Schiffer, and R.J. Cava, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 100, 8097 (2003)