Akalanka Tennakoon

Akalanka Tennakoon

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dept: CHEM


Contact Info

1605 Gilman
2415 Osborn Dr.


  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering, May 2018


  1. Tennakoon, A.; Wu, X.; Paterson, A. L.; Patnaik, S.; Pei, Y.; LaPointe, A. M.; Ammal, S. C.; Hackler, R. A.; Heyden, A.; Slowing, I. I.; Coates, G. W.; Delferro, M.; Peters, B.; Huang, W.; Sadow, A. D.; Perras, F. A., "Catalytic Upcycling of High-Density Polyethylene Via a Processive Mechanism." Nature Catal. 20203, 893-901. DOI:10.1038/s41929-020-00519-4
  2. Celik, G.; Kennedy, R. M.; Hackler, R. A.; Ferrandon, M.; Tennakohttpon, A.; Patnaik, S.; LaPointe, A. M.; Ammal, S. C.; Heyden, A.; Perras, F. A.; Pruski, M.; Scott, S. L.; Poeppelmeier, K. R.; Sadow, A. D.; Delferro, M., "Upcycling Single-Use Polyethylene into High-Quality Liquid Products." ACS Central Science 20195, 1795-1803. DOI:10.1021/acscentsci.9b00722
  3. Wu, X.;  Tennakoon, A.;  Yappert, R.;  Esveld, M.;  Ferrandon, M. S.;  Hackler, R. A.;  LaPointe, A. M.;  Heyden, A.;  Delferro, M.;  Peters, B.;  Sadow, A. D.; Huang, W., Size-Controlled Nanoparticles Embedded in a Mesoporous Architecture Leading to Efficient and Selective Hydrogenolysis of Polyolefins. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 5323-5334. DOI:10.1021/jacs.1c11694
  4. Chen, S.; Tennakoon, A.; You, K.-E.; Paterson, A. L.; Yappert, R.; Alayoglu, S.; Fang, L.; Wu, X.; Zhao, T. Y.; Lapak, M. P.; Saravanan, M.; Hackler, R. A.; Wang, Y.-Y.; Qi, L.; Delferro, M.; Li, T.; Lee, B.; Peters, B.; Poeppelmeier, K. R.; Ammal, S. C.; Bowers, C. R.; Perras, F. A.; Heyden, A.; Sadow, A. D.; Huang, W. Ultrasmall Amorphous Zirconia Nanoparticles Catalyse Polyolefin Hydrogenolysis. Nature Catal. 2023, 6, 161-173. DOI: 10.1038/s41929-023-00910-x
  5. Meirow, M.; Tennakoon, A.; Wu, X.; Willmon, J.; Howell, D.; Huang, W.; Sadow, A. D.; Luijten, E. Influence of Pore Length on Hydrogenolysis of Polyethylene within a Mesoporous Support Architecture. J. Phys. Chem. C 2023, 127, 23805-23813. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.3c04300
  6. (1) Tennakoon, A.; Wu, X.; Meirow, M.; Howell, D.; Willmon, J.; Yu, J.; Lamb, J. V.; Delferro, M.; Luijten, E.; Huang, W.; Sadow, A. D. Two Mesoporous Domains Are Better Than One for Catalytic Deconstruction of Polyolefins. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 17936-17944. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c05447
  7. Zhao, T. Y.; Meirow, M.; Tennakoon, A.; Wu, X.; Paterson, A. L.; Qi, L.; LaPointe, A. M.; Lamb, J. V.; Kobayashi, T.; Delferro, M.; Sadow, A. D.; Huang, W.; Luijten, E.; Perras, F. A. Mechanistic Insights into Processive Polyethylene Hydrogenolysis through In Situ NMR. Macromolecules 2023, 56 (11), 4287-4295. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.3c00474
  8. Wang, Y.-Y.; Tennakoon, A.; Wu, X.; Sahasrabudhe, C.; Qi, L.; Peters, B. G.; Sadow, A. D.; Huang, W. Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Polyethylene Under Reactive Separation. ACS Catal. 2024, 2084-2094. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.3c04987