Shehani  Mendis
Assistant Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Office: Propst Hall 329
Phone: 205-726-4809

Prior joining Samford's faculty, Shehani Mendis held a post-doctoral research associate position at Johns Hopkins University. In her research there, she worked with oligosilanes and azaborine polymers under the guidance of Rebekka S. Klausen. For her Ph.D., she worked on developing transition metal-catalyzed decarboxylative benzylic cross-coupling reactions under the direction of Jon A. Tunge at The University of Kansas. Her research interests focus on the design and synthesis of novel polymers using transition metal catalysts, and investigating their applications in current chemistry problems.

Outside Samford, Mendis enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband Gayan and playing with her two-year old daughter Shenaya.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.Sc. (Chemistry), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas


  • Mendis, S. N.; Zhou, T.; Klausen, R. S. Syndioselective Polymerization of a BN Aromatic Vinyl Monomer. Macromolecules 201851, 6859–6864.
  • Torregrosa, R. R. P.; Mendis, S. N.; Davies, A.; Tunge, J. A. Palladium-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Benzylation of Acetylides and Enolates. Synthesis 2018, 50, 3205-3216.
  • Mendis, S. N.; Tunge, J. A. Decarboxylative Dearomatization and Mono-alpha-Arylation of Ketones. Chem. Commun.2016, 7695-7698.
  • Mendis, S. N.; Tunge, J. A.Palladium-Catalyzed Stereospecific Decarboxylative Benzylation of Alkynes. Org. Lett. 201517, 5164-5167.