Progression of chemical reactions often requires the presence of a substance called a catalyst that selectively accelerates the desired reaction(s) without itself being consumed. In this regard, enzyme catalysts are very selective towards specific reactions. However, their ability to tolerate a wide range of reaction conditions is poor. On the other hand, non-enzymatic catalysts (inorganic and organic) are robust and tolerant to a wide range of conditions, but they are not very selective. The long-term goal of my research program is to integrate (marry) desirable traits of both these catalysis systems in order to develop catalytic systems with novel functionalities.

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Academic Articles39
  • Longtin, N., Oliveira, D., Mahadevan, A., Gejji, V., Gomes, C., & Fernando, S. (2021). Analysis of Spirulina platensis microalgal fuel cell. Journal of Power Sources. 486, 229290-229290.
  • Al-Mashhadani, H., Capareda, S. C., Lacey, R. E., & Fernando, S. D (2020). Catalytic valorization of glycerol for producing biodiesel-compatible biofuel blends. Biofuels. 11(5), 621-635.
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  • Gejji, V., & Fernando, S. D. (2020). Simultaneous separation of carboxyl functionalized cellulose and egg albumin using ionic polyelectrolytes in an aqueous-organic multi-phase system. Separation and Purification Technology. 237, 116316-116316.
  • Mulgaonkar, N., Wang, H., King, M., & Fernando, S (2020). Druggability assessment of precursor membrane protein as a target for inhibiting the Zika virus.. J Biomol Struct Dyn. 40(8), 1-17.
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  • Gejji, V., Lacey, R., & Fernando, S. D. (2019). The use of polyelectrolytes for simultaneous dewatering and fractionation of microalgal proteins, lipids, and pigments. Algal Research. 44, 101675-101675.
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Conference Papers9
  • Gejji, V., & Fernando, S. D (2016). A polyelectrolyte-based system for separating charged particulates from aqueous biological suspensions. 2016 ASABE International Meeting, 2016 ASABE International Meeting.
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  • Gunawardena, D. A., & Fernando, S. D (2014). Methane as a hydrogen donor for the deoxygenation of biomass derived organics. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 247,
  • Gunawardena, D. A., & Fernando, S. D (2013). Equilibrium analysis on methanol-to-hydrocarbon reaction by Gibbs free energy minimization method. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 245,
  • Carter, S. B., & Fernando, S. D (2013). Solvent Phase Algal Migration (S.P.A.M.) process: A technique for dewatering microalgae. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013. 5, 3978-3991.
  • Gunawardena, D. A., & Fernando, S. D (2012). Effect of pressure on pyrolysis of algae to make hydrocarbons [p] [p]. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 243,
Repository Documents / Preprints1
  • Gunawardena, A., Fernando, S., & To, F. (2008). Performance of a Yeast-mediated Biological Fuel Cell. International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
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