Dr. Taniya M. S. K. Pathiranage received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (2011) from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and then Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Mihaela C. Stefan.
Her research in Stefan’s group is based on designing, synthesis and characterization of block copolymers with semiconducting and liquid crystalline properties. After graduating from UTD she joined Dr. Kevin Noonan’s group in Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral research associate (2017 -2018). Her research in CMU was focused on designing and synthesizing monomers/polymers with chain transfer polycondensation using Suzuki coupling and the synthesis of phosphonium cation-based polymers for anion exchange membranes for alkaline fuel cells.
Taniya’s current work in Rice in the Verduzco lab focuses on synthesizing novel liquid crystalline elastomeric materials and fabricating bioelectronic devices for application sensors targeting in situ applications. In addition, Taniya has worked as a visiting researcher at Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski’s lab in Carnegie Mellon University to investigate the applicability of different atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) techniques for semiconducting polymer synthesis.