Dr. Punprabhashi Vidanapathirana


  • Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
    • Mentor: Prof. Isiah M. Warner 
    • Research: Improved protein separations and characterizations using novel ionic liquid surfactants
  • B.Sc. Computational Chemistry from University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Professional Experience: 

  • Chemistry Lecturer at Appalachian State University, Fall 2021 
  • Adjunct Chemistry and Biochemistry Instructor at North Carolina A&T State University 
  • Research Associate at North Carolina A&T State University


  • Bio-analytical separations and characterization using ionic liquid surfactants 
  • Design of novel composite materials for biological applications and catalysis

Selected Publications: 

"Cationic Ionic Liquid Surfactant-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis for Enhanced Separation of Acidic and Basic Proteins with Single-Step Ribonuclease b Glycoforms Separation," Journal of Chromatography A, 2017; Vidanapathirana, P., Hasan, F., Mussio, K., Pande, A., Brands, M., Siraj, N., Grove, A., & Warner, I. M. 

"Ionic liquids as buffer additives in ionic liquid-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis separation of mixtures of low and high molecular weight proteins," RSC Advances, 5(85), 69229-69237, 2015; Hasan, F., Vidanapathirana, P., Das, S., Fernand, V. E., Siraj, N., Losso, J. N., & Warner, I. M.

"Imidazolium-dysprosium-based magnetic NanoGUMBOS for isolation of hemoglobin," Talanta,2019; Cong, M., Perez, R.L., Chen, M., Chapai, R., Jin, R., Vidanapathirana, P., & Warner, I. M.

Title: Lecturer

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7150

Office address
East Hall 367