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Nadeesha Nambukara Wellala

Nadeesha Nambukara Wellala

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Nadeesha Nambukara Wellala received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Cincinnati in 2017. After that she completed one year post doctoral fellowship at University of Cincinnati. During her Ph. D. and post doctoral studies at University of Cincinnati, she focused on organic synthesis, transition metal complexes synthesis, catalysis (carbon-sulfur cross-coupling reactions, CO2 reductions, [2+2+2] cycloaddition, oxidative esterification, and dehydrogenation of dimethylamine borane), and stoichiometric bond activation reactions (protonation and decarboxylation). During her Ph. D. studies, she also contributed to a collaborative project with Proctor and Gamble Company to invent CO2-based technology to synthesize terephthalic acid. She took part in various activities during her time at University of Cincinnati such as serving as a secretary of Chemistry Graduate Student Association and member of Consortium for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry. Her leadership contributions were recognized by Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the American Chemical Society by awarding Leadership Development award. In 2018, she joined stationary energy storage group at PNNL as a Post Doctorate Research Associate. Her research at PNNL has focused on the development of new redox-active organic molecules for use in aqueous flow batteries. This research involves synthetic methodologies, fundamental electrochemistry, and the optimization of flow cell conditions.

Research Interests

  • Synthetic Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Redox Flow Batteries
  • Energy storage
  • Reaction Mechanisms
  • Catalysis

Education and Credentials

  • Ph. D., Organic Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, 2017
  • B. Sc., Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2008

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of American Chemical Society
  • Member of Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Association

Awards and Recognitions

  • Leadership Development Award for Younger Chemists by Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the American Chemical Society, 2018
  • University Research Council (URC) Graduate Student Research Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2016
  • Travel Award, University of Cincinnati Consortium for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry (CCDC), 2016
  • Service Award, Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA), University of Cincinnati, 2016
  • Henry Hochstetter Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Cincinnati, 2013

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