Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Hema Karunadasa’s research interests span Chemistry and Materials Science. Her group approaches solid-state materials using the tools of synthetic molecular chemistry to design hybrids that combine the strengths of molecules and extended solids. They target materials for applications in renewable energy and pollution management: sorbents for capture and conversion of environmental pollutants, phosphors for solid-state lighting, electrodes for secondary batteries, and absorbers for solar cells.  Hema is a Gabilan Junior Faculty Fellow (2012) and recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2014). She received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from U. C. Berkeley in 2009 and her A. B. from Princeton University in 2003. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology.