Arosha Dassanayake

Adjunct Instructor

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As a chemist interested in the material science field, I explore industrially feasible routes to produce synthetic carbon nanomaterials adapting to simple one-pot mixing recipes. The ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the production cost in the bulk synthesis of advanced carbon nanomaterials.

These carbon nanomaterials would have promising applications in:

  • capturing of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide
  • environmental remediation – water purification
  • energy storage – Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Kent State University
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Research Interests

  • Activated carbon spheres
  • Graphitic carbon nanomaterials
  • Supercapacitors
  • Carbon dioxide capture

Selected Publications

  • Dassanayake, Arosha C., Wickramaratne, Nilantha P., Perera, Vindya S., Huang, Songping D., and Jaroniec, Mietek. “Prussian Blue-Assisted One-pot Synthesis of Nitrogen Doped Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon Spheres for Supercapacitors.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2019)
  • Dassanayake, Arosha C., and Mietek Jaroniec. “Dual optimization of microporosity in carbon spheres for CO2 adsorption by using pyrrole as the carbon precursor and potassium salt as the activator.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5.36, (2017), 19456-19466.
  • Dassanayake, Arosha C., and Mietek Jaroniec. “Activated polypyrrole-derived carbon spheres for superior CO2 uptake at ambient conditions.” Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 549, (2018), 147-154.
  • Dassanayake, Arosha C., Alexandre AS Gonçalves, Justin Fox, and Mietek Jaroniec. “One-Pot Synthesis of Activated Porous Graphitic Carbon Spheres with Cobalt Nanoparticles.” Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects (2019), 123884.
  • Arachchilage, G. M., Dassanayake, Arosha. C., & Basu, S. (2015). A potassium ion-dependent RNA structural switch regulates human pre-miRNA 92b maturation. Chemistry & biology, 22(2), (2015), 262-272.

Fun Facts

  • Loves playing the keyboard and acoustic guitar