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Amy J. Cairns

Postdoctoral Fellows
​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

As a member of the FMD3 team, her research activities are mainly divided into two categories, i.e. the synthesis and characterization of novel metal-organic materials (MOMs) from pre-fabricated molecular building blocks (MBBs) and investigating the structure-property relationship of this highly functional class of solid-state materials using gas adsorption (e.g. Ar, N2, H2, CO2, etc.).

Selected Publications

  • ​Pang, M.; Cairns, A.J.; Liu, Y.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Zeng, H.C.; Eddaoudi, M. “Synthesis and Integration of Fe-soc-MOF Cubes into Colloidosomes via a Single-Step Emulsion-Based Approach” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 10234-10237.
  • Xue, D.-X.; Cairns, A.J.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Wojtas, L.; Liu, Y.; Alkordi, M.H.; Eddaoudi, M. “Tunable Rare-Earth fcu-MOFs: A Platform for Systematic Enhancement of CO2 Adsorption Energetics and Uptake” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 7660-7667.
  • Nugent, P.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Burd, S.D.; Cairns, A.J.; Luebke, R.; Forrest, K.; Pham, T.; Ma, S.; Space, B.;
    Wojtas, L.; Eddaoudi, M.; Zaworotko, M.J. “Porous Materials with Optimal Adsorption Thermodynamics
    and Kinetics for CO2 Separation” Nature 2013, 495, 80-84.
  • Schoedel, A.; Cairns, A.J.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Wojtas, L.; Mohamed, M.; Zhang, Z.; Proserpio, D.M.;
    Eddaoudi, M.; Zaworotko, M.J. “The asc Trinodal Platform: Two-Step Assembly of Triangular,
    Tetrahedral and Trigonal-Prismatic Molecular Building Blocks” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 2902-
  • Luebke, R.; Eubank, J.F.; Cairns, A.J.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Wojtas, L.; Eddaoudi, M. “The Unique rht
    Platform, Ideal for Pinpointing the Functionalization and CO2 Adsorption Relationship” Chem. Commun.
    2012, 48, 1455-1457.
  • Pang, M.; Cairns, A.J.; Liu, Y.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Zeng, H.C.; Eddaoudi, M. “Highly Porous MIII-Based soc-
    MOFs (M = In and Ga) with Cubic and Truncated Cubic Morphologies” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134,
  • Shekhah, O.; Fu, L.; Sougrat, R.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Cairns, A.J.; Giannelis, E.P.; Eddaoudi, M. “Successful
    Implementation of the Stepwise Layer-by-Layer Growth of MOF Thin Films on Confined Surfaces:
    Mesoporous Silica Foam as a First Case Study” Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 11434-11436.
  • Eubank, J.F.; Nouar, F.; Luebke, R.; Cairns, A.J.; Wojtas, L.; Alkordi, M.; Bousquet, T.; Hight, M.R.; Eckert,
    J.; Embs, J.P.; Georgiev, P.A.; Eddaoudi, M. “On Demand: The Singular rht Net, Ideal Blueprint for the
    Construction of a Metal-Organic Framework Platform” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 10099-10103.
  • Eubank, J.F.; Mouttaki, H.; Cairns, A.J.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Wojtas, L.; Luebke, R.; Alkordi, M.;
    Eddaoudi, M. “The Quest for Modular Nanocages: tbo-MOF as an Archetype for Mutual Substitution,
    Functionalization, and Expansion of Quadrangular Pillar Building Blocks” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133,
  • Moellmer, J.; Celer, E. B.; Luebke, R.; Cairns, A. J.; Staudt, R.; Eddaoudi, M.; Thommes, M., Insights on
    Adsorption Characterization of Metal-Organic Frameworks: A Benchmark Study on the Novel soc-MOF.

    Micropor. Mesopor. Mater.
    2010, 129, 345-353.
  • Alkordi, M. H.; Brant, J. A.; Wojtas, L.; Kravtsov, V. Ch.; Cairns, A. J.; Eddaoudi, M., Zeolite-like Metal-Organic
    Frameworks (ZMOFs) Based on the Directed Assembly of Finite Metal-Organic Cubes (MOCs).
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 17753-17755.
  • Cairns, A.J., Perman, J.A., Wojtas, L., Kravtsov, V.Ch., Alkordi, M.A., Eddaoudi, M., Zaworotko, M.J.“Supermolecular
    Building Blocks (SBBs) and Crystal Design: 12-Connected Open Frameworks Based ona Molecular Cubohemioctahedron”
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 1560-1561.
  • Liu, Y., Eubank, J.F., Cairns, A.J., Eckert, J., Kravtsov, V.Ch., Luebke, R., Eddaoudi, M. “Assembly ofMetal-Organic
    Frameworks (MOFs) Based on Indium-Trimer Building Blocks: A Porous MOF with socTopology and High Hydrogen
    Storage” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 3278-3283.


  •  2004-2010 Doctorate, Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA. (Ph.D. Advisor: Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi).

  • 2000-2004 Bachelor of Science (Hon. Chemistry), Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Chemical Society