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DULASIRI AMARASIRIWARDENA

Current Position

Professor of Chemistry, (From 1987 to present - Assistant to Full Professor)

School of Natural Science, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002

Adjunct Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture,

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

 


 

Education

Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, 1987, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

M. Phil., Chemistry, 1978, University of Sri Lanka, Colombo Campus, Sri Lanka

B.Sc., 1975, University of Ceylon, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 


 

Research Interests 

Chemical speciation and characterization of trace metals bound humic acids by size exclusion chromatography, field-flow fractionation coupled with ICP-MS, Development of novel sample digestion methods for biological and environmental trace element analysis by ICP-AES and ICP-MS. Trace metal analysis of environmental and biological samples (dental tissues) by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission (ICP-AES) and mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Laser Ablation (LA)-ICP-MS, and indoor radon measurements in households.

 


Honors & Memberships 

American Chemical Society

Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society

Society for Applied Spectroscopy

International Humic Substances Society

 


 

Grants and Awards

National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant, Principal Investigator: NSF-MRI: Acquisition of an Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer: A Hub for Fundamental Interdisciplinary Chemical Research, Applications, and Research Training, (2016-2019)

Fulbright Senior Specialist Award (2016)

The Gruber Award for Excellence in Advising at Hampshire College (2014)

The Henry Luce Foundation’s the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) Grant, ($400,000), Co-PI (2014)

Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants Program (PCMNCG), PI(2014)

Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE), exploration grant, Co-PI (2012)

Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh–Undergraduate Analytical Research Program Award (2011)

National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant, Principal Investigator: NSF MRI-R2-Acquisition of a 213 nm UV Laser Ablation System to Advance Micro Spatial Trace Element Research and Research Training Across Fields, (2009-2012)

Fulbright Senior Specialist Award (2009)

Pittsburgh Conference Memorial College Grant (2008)

Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh–Undergraduate Analytical Research Program Award (2007)

Fulbright Senior Specialist Award (2006)

Pittsburgh Conference Memorial College Grant (2004)

CEM Corporation Grant - Microwave Enhanced Chemistry: funding for research and teaching (2003)

National Science Foundation (NSF)-CRUI grant, "Teeth as Chemical Records of Chronological Changes in Diet and Environment," Co-PI (2000-2004)

Pittsburgh Conference Memorial College Grant (2000)

National Science Foundation (NSF)-ARI grant, "Equipment for Chemical Analysis to Serve Interdisciplinary Research," Project Director (1995-1999)

Faculty Development Grants (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 -2015)

Pittsburgh Conference Memorial College Grant, 1995

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Dept. of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, 1984.

 


 

Professional Activities

Member - Editorial Board:

Microchemical Journal

Environmental Pollution

Current Analytical Chemistry


 

Organizer and Chair

Chair: Society for Applied Spectroscopy - New England Section, 2008-2009

Chair: Lester W. Strock Award Committee – Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS), 2016-2017.

Organizing Committee: Humic Science and Technology Conference,  Boston, Massachusetts (2004-2007)

2002 - Field Flow-Fractionation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry Roundtable, RT01, 2002 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jan 8, 2002

Organizing Committee: - 20th Anniversary Conference-International Humic Substances Society, July 21-26 2002, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Panelist: 2004-1998 - "Teaching Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy: Re-Defining the Curriculum?", Winter Conferences on Plasma Spectrochemistry, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004

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