Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Isurika Fernando

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Joined group: 2013

Left group: 2015


Ph.D. in Chemistry - April 2013
Western Michigan University (WMU), Kalamazoo, MI
Dissertation Title: Metal-organic and Supramolecular Architectures based on Mechanically Interlocked Molecules
Advisor: Dr. Gellert Mezei

B.Sc. in Chemistry (First Class Honors) - January 2004
University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP), Nugegoda, Sri Lanka


7. Fernando, I. R.; Mo, Y.; Mezei, G “Metal-Binding Studies of Linear Rigid-Axle [2]Pseudorotaxanes with In-Situ Generated Anionic Metal Halide Complexes” CrystEngComm. 2014, Accepted

6. Narakathu, B. B.; Devadas, M. S.; Reddy, A. S. G.; Eshkeiti, A.; Moorthi, A.; Fernando, I. R.; Miller, B. P.; Ramakrishna, G.; Sinn, E.; Joyce, M.; Rebros, M.; Rebrosova, E.; Mezei, G.; Atashbar M. Z. “Novel Fully Screen Printed Flexible Electrochemical Sensor for the Investigation of Electron Transfer between Thiol Functionalized Viologen and Gold Clusters” Sensors and Actuators B: 2013, 176, 768‒774. DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2012.10.069 Link

5. Fernando, I. R.; Surmann, S. A.; Urech, A. A.; Poulsen A. M; Mezei, G. “Selective Total Encapsulation of the Sulfate Anion by Neutral, Hydrophobic Nano–jars” Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 6860‒6862. DOI: 10.1039/C2CC32074F Link

4. Fernando, I. R.; Mezei, G. “Blue Colored, Linear Rigid-axel [2]pseudorotaxanes: Metal-binding Properties, Crystal Structures and Blue/red Dichroism” Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51,, 3156‒3160. DOI: 10.1021/ic2026329 Link

3. Fernando, I. R.; Jianrattanasawat, S.; Daskalakis, N; Demadis, K. D.; Mezei, G. “Mapping the Supramolecular Chemistry of Pyrazole-4-Sulfonate: Layered Inorganic–organic Networks with Zn2+, Cd2+, Ag+, Na+ and NH4+, and their Use in Copper Anticorrosion Protective Films” CrystalEngComm. 2012, 14, 908‒919. DOI: 10.1039/C1CE06027A Link

2. Fernando, I. R.; Bairu, S. G.; Guda, R.; Mezei, G. “Single-color Pseudorotaxane-based Temperature Sensing” New. J. Chem. 2010, 34(10), 2097‒2100. DOI: 10.1039/C0NJ00541J Link

1. Fernando, I. R.; Daskalakis, N.; Demadis, K.D.; Mezei, G. “Cation Effect on the Inorganic-organic Layered Structure of Pyrazole-4-Sulfonate Networks and Inability Effects on Copper Corrosion” New. J. Chem. 2010, 34(2), 10, 221‒235. DOI: 10.1039/B9NJ00361D Link


I was born and grown in a suburb of Colombo which is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. I have completed up to undergraduate studies there and came to the US to pursue my graduate studies in Chemistry. While my stay at Kalamazoo, MI, I enjoyed the four seasons which I never experienced before. During my graduate studies at WMU, I have explored the synthesis and characterization of mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs). After completing Ph.D. degree, I got an amazing opportunity to work in the Stoddart group as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Last summer, I moved to the other side of the Lake Michigan. Now, I am at Northwestern University, enjoying all the research facilities here.


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