College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5773
Courses Taught
CHEM 103, CHEM 211, CHEM 212, CHEM 231, CHEM 232
Research Interests
Corrole and Porphyrin Chemistry- Model compounds for Cytochrome P450

BSc, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago



Selected Publications


“Production of a Putative Iron(V) Oxo Corrole Species by Photo-Disproportionation of a bis-Corrole Diiron(IV) m-Oxo Dimer; Implication for a Green Oxidation Catalyst” Dilusha Harischandra, Gerald Lowery, Rui Zhang, Martin Newcomb, Organic Letters, 2009, accepted for publication.

“Formation of Stable and Metastable Porphyrin- and Corrole-Iron(IV) Complexes and Isomerozations to Iron(III) Macrocyclic Radical Cation” Zhengzheng Pan, Dilusha N. Harischandra, Martin Newcomb, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. 2008, 103,174-181.

“Laser Flash Photolysis Production of Metal-Oxo Derivatives and Direct Kinetic Studies of Their Oxidation Reactions”, Martin Newcomb, Rui Zhang, Zhengzheng Pan, Dilusha N. Harischandra, R. Esala P. Chandrasena, John H. Horner, Enrique Martinez II, Catalysis Today. 2006, 117, 98-104. 

“Photochemical Generation of a Highly Reactive Iron-Oxo Intermediate. A True Iron(V)-Oxo Species?”, Dilusha N. Harischandra, Rui Zhang, Martin Newcomb, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 13776-13777.

“Laser Flash Photolysis Production of Compound I and Its Relatives”, M. Newcomb, R. Zhang, R. E. P. Chandrasena, J. H. Horner, E. Martinez II, D. N. Harischandra, Z. Pan, Proc. 14th Intl. Conf. Cytochrome P450, 2005, 41-47.

“Laser Flash Photolysis Generation and Kinetic Studies of Corrole-Manganese(V)-Oxo Intermediates”, Rui Zhang, Dilusha N. Harischandra, Martin Newcomb, Chem. Eur. J. 2005, 11, 5713-5720.

Selected Exhibitions

“Highly reactive macrocyclic ligand-iron(V)-oxo intermediates”
233rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Chicago,IL March 2007.

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