Zahra Zahir

PhD student

Boskovic and Goerigk groups

School of Chemistry & Melbourne Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010

Australia

E-mail: fathima AT student.unimelb.edu.au

 

Biography

06/2018 – Present      PhD Student, School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, Australia

07/2017 – 12/2017    Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

11/2016 – 07/2017    Researcher, in the inorganic group of Prof. C.V. Hettiarachchi and Dr. I.R. Perera, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

01/2016 – 11/2016    Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

12/2014 – 02/2015    Researcher (Industrial Training), Haycarb Research and Training Laboratory, Hayleys PLC, Sri Lanka

07/2011 – 11/2015    Bachelor of Science (Honours) Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Awards and Achievements

2018                          Melbourne Research Scholarship, The University of Melbourne, Australia

2017                          Recipient of PhD scholarship, University of Kansas, USA (Declined)

2015                          University award for academic excellence, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2014/2015                 Prof. H.W. Dias Scholarship for the best performance in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2012/2013                 Chemistry Graduate Studentship for the best performance in Chemistry; ALUMNI Association of University of Peradeniya (AAUP).

2008                          High Distinction (HD) award in Australian National Chemistry Quiz; Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Professional Memberships and Academic Service

2020 – Present           Member of Melbourne University Chemical Society (MUCS)

2018 – Present           Student member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI)

2016 – Present          Full life member of University of Peradeniya Science Alumni Association (UPSAA), Sri Lanka

2014 – 2016               Member of the Chemical Society (CHEMSOC) University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

 

Publications

1. A. Bandara, Z. Zahra, S. Gamage, A. Kumara, I. R. Perera, “Hybrid Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Graphene—A Convenient Method to Seal Liquid State Devices”, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 2018, 10, 043504. DOI: 10.1063/1.5037150.

Presentations

4. 11/2018 – Poster       “Density Functional Theory: Predicting Valence Tautomerism in Cobalt-dioxolene complexes”, 2018 RACI Victorian Inorganic Symposium, Melbourne, Australia

3. 11/2016 – Talk            “Through hole copper plating on printed circuit board activated with a conducting layer of polyaniline”, i-PURSE – 2016 (Peradeniya University International Research Sessions), Sri Lanka

2. 05/2015 – Talk            “Biochemical roles of nitric oxide”, Final year Seminar; Department of Chemistry, University of Peradeniya.

1. 03/2015 – Talk            “Method development to quantify adsorbed iodine on activated carbon” Industrial training research presentation; Department of Chemistry, University of Peradeniya.