Dukula De Alwis Jayasinghe

Dukula De Alwis Jayasinghe, FHEA

, MChem (Hons)

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PhD Researcher in Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for ammonia adsorption and catalysis.

Supervised by Prof. Sihai Yang and Prof. Martin Schröder. 

Dean's Doctoral Scholar - 2022


Over 170 million tonnes of ammonia (NH3) are produced annually for agricultural and chemical industries. However, atmospheric NH3 is considered as a toxic, corrosive gas which has adverse effects on the environment and public health. Current methods of capture and storage of NH3 are expensive and energetically highly costly. Robust porous materials such as metal-organic frameworks have shown potential for NH3 adsorption and storage, and the Manchester MOF group has made recent major breakthroughs. I am interested in the synthesis and characterisation of MOFs and COFs for storage and cracking of NH3, which involves converting stored NH3 to H2, a highly sought renewable energy source. 

Crystallography is required in order to elucidicate various characterisatics of MOFs, including the basic structure to adsorption sites and to understand the interaction routes within the pores. I am also working in this area in detail, with data aquired from the Synchotron and Neutron Diffraction centres.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2022 - current)

Equality Diversity Inclusion (EDI) PGR Representative for the Department of Chemistry (2021 - current)

Departmental Postgraduate Representative (2022 - current) - For any queries, please contact me via email.

Research interests

Development of novel porous and molecular level materials to tackle climate change and encourage environmental sustainability. Examples includes inorganic and organic materials such as COFs and MOFs. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Chemistry, An exploration into the formation of mononuclear and multinuclear helicate and cubic structures during the targeted synthesis of trigonal bipyramidal cages using a novel heteroditopic ligand., The University of Manchester

1 Sep 201830 Jun 2022

Award Date: 30 Jun 2022

Areas of expertise

  • QD Chemistry
  • Metal-Organic Frameworks
  • Synthesis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Coordination Chemistry


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