De Silva awarded supercomputer time for research

Channa De Silva, assistant professor of bioinorganic chemistry, was awarded 50,000 hours of supercomputing time worth $2,500 from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment for his project titled “Density Functional Theory (DFT) Studies of Europium Beta-diketonate Complexes with Dipyridophenazine Ligand Derivatives for Enhanced Photoluminescence.”

XSEDE is a virtual organization funded by the National Science Foundation.

De Silva will involve his students in researching the development of highly luminescent materials for use in applications such as organic light emitting diodes (LEDs), biomedical imaging, sensor devices and laser technology.

“This grant provides us with a high performance super-computing facility where we can remotely carry out memory intensive calculations to investigate the optical properties of europium metal-based luminescent agents,” De Silva said. “Our undergraduate and graduate students will have the training to use the state-of-the-art computational chemistry tools in order to solve a modern chemical problem. Our current research will strengthen the computational chemistry research at WCU and develop computational chemistry skills of our students.”

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