​AMPM center director, Professor Mohamed Eddaoudi has been awarded the Abdul Hameed Shoman Prize for Arab Researchers for this years’ topic 'Renewable Energy'.​
​​​Imaging defects in MOF crystals, and monitoring how they develop, will allow control of defect formation to design better MOFs for many applications.​

​From astronauts and submariners to miners and rescue workers, people who operate in small enclosed spaces need good air quality to work safely and effectively. Electronic sensors now developed by a KAUST team can simultaneously detect at least three critical parameters that are important to monitor to ensure human comfort and safety.
Scientists from the AMPM Center have been acknowledged with the Research Center Award during the final gala of the KAUST Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) 2019. This prize recognizes their outstanding participation in the Science Fun Fair held on January 21.

On Friday 14th December, KAUST honored the accomplishments of Class of 2018 at the University's ninth Commencement ceremony. 

The Functional Materials Design, Discovery & Development (FMD3) group members congratulate our Director Mohamed Eddaoudi for his being listed as a highly cited researcher for the fifth year in a row.
FMD3 Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Youssef Belmabkhout, participated as a panel speaker in the third session of Asbar World Forum (AWF), which took place in Riyadh between 4-6 November 2018 under the theme “The Future Era: Saudi Arabia Tomorrow.”​​​​​
Removing the troublesome impurities of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2) from natural gas could become simpler and more effective using a metal-organic framework (MOF) developed at KAUST.
On September 10, Ayalew H. Assen successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled 'Polynuclear Rare-earth (RE) based Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): From Topological Exploration to Preparation of Tailor-made MOFs' under the supervision of AMPM Center Director Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi and committee members Profs. Kazuhiro Takanabe (The University of Tokyo), Osman Bakr (KAUST) and Guillaume Maurin (The Institute Charles Gerhardt Montpellier).​
Snr. Research Scientist, Dr. Youssef Belmabkhout has been honored with 2018 African Youth Award. This prestigious award recognizes his successful research in water, energy and environmental sciences.
FMD3 alumna, Dr. Dalal Alezi, was recently featured on SBC, a new Saudi TV channel. The documentary is focused on Saudi talented young people.

Valeriya Chernikova's talent was obvious at a young age. At only 15 years old, she was invited to leave her hometown Maykop in south Russia to study at Kolmogorov School one of the leading High Schools in Russia, associated with Lomonosov Moscow State University. Subsequently, she earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physical Chemistry at this prestigious Institution. 
Follow Functional Materials Design, Discovery & Development Research Group @Eddaoudi_FMD3​ on Twitter and keep up-to-date with publications, research and news about MOFs, CO2 capture, Gas Sorption Gas Separation, Membranes, Sensors and more.
Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi, Director of AMPM Center at KAUST and Prof. Belkheir Hammouti from Mohamed I University, Oujda, Morocco organized the second International Conference on Materials and Environmental Science (ICMES 2018) held in Saidia, Morocco, April 26-28. ​​​​​​
A porous material with tailor-made pockets stitched into its structure is a promising material for sensing noxious gases. A thin film of the material, coated onto an electrode, formed an electronic sensor that could detect traces of sulfur dioxide gas1.

We are delighted to introduce Dr. Shuvo Datta, Research Scientist, who leads our Mixed Matrix Membrane group. Shuvo brings to our Center years of experience and commitment to develop scalable and economical MOF-membrane based separation technologies.

Post-docs are sought with experience in the general area of MOFs. The ideal candidate should have strong back ground in chemical synthesis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs).  Additional experience with MOF thin film deposition and/or electrochemical testing is a plus.
Functional Materials Design, Discovery & Development (FMD3) Research Group featured in the third Symposium of the National Academic Talent Development Program (NATDP) held in KAUST Auditorium on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Zhijie Chen successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on March 1, 2018. His thesis entitled " Reticular Chemistry for the Highly Connected Porous Crystalline Frameworks and Their Potential Applications" was well received by committee members Profs.  Xixiang Zhang (KAUST), Yu Han (KAUST) and Leonard J. Barbour (University of Stellenbosch).
Membrane-based gas separations can improve energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact. The latest work led by the AMPM Center Director, Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi, and his collaborators unveils the successful fabrication and integration of two class of materials, namely MOFs and polymers, into a hybrid membrane system named “Mixed Matrix Membrane”.
Ali Alansari, a Senior Technical Specialist at AMPM Center, has been recognized for his work at the Functional Materials Design, Discovery & Development (FMD3) Laboratory. Congratulations Ali on winning Individual Lab Safety Award organized by the Health, Safety and Environment Department (HSE) at KAUST.​

A metal-organic framework that can take up twice its weight in water and then release it when humidity falls. Humidity control is a vital aspect of air conditioning, but high energy requirements make conventional methods expensive and environmentally damaging. 

On Friday 15th December, our University KAUST recognized the accomplishments of Class 2017, together with their friends, family and colleagues in one of the most special days in our academic calendar.

Sci-Café is an interactive discussion between KAUST faculty, researchers, students and community members. This event is open to all members of the community to ask questions, discuss science and discover something new!​​​
Mohamed Eddaoudi, Director of the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials (AMPM) Center at KAUST is listed as a Highly Cited Researcher for the fourth year in a row. 
Congratulations to Zhijie Chen (PhD student in Professor Eddaoudi's group), who was a Poster Prize winner at the recent Royal Society of Chemistry (Faraday Discussion) meeting in Edinburgh (UK
​​Hydrolytically stable fluorinated metal-organic frameworks for energy-efficient dehydration
A. Cadiau, Y. Belmabkhout, K. Adil, P.M. Bhatt, R.S. Pillai, A. Shkurenko, C. Martineau-Corcos, G. Maurin, M. Eddaoudi
Science, Issue 356, 731-735, (2017)
​FMD3 research group is focusing on the development of new strategies to design and synthesize advanced functional solid-state materials for specific highly challenging industrial applications.
​Applying the power of reticular chemistry to finding the missing alb-MOF platform based on the (6,12)-coordinated edge-transitive net
Z. Chen, Ł.J. Weseliński, K. Adil, Y. Belmabkhout, A. Shkurenko, H. Jiang, P.M. Bhatt, V. Guillerm, E. Dauzon, D.-X. Xue, M. O’Keeffe, M. Eddaoudi
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 3265-3274, (2017)
​Prof. Eddaoudi - one of the most highly cited scientists in the world in 2016

​A metal-organic framework–based splitter for separating propylene from propane
A. Cadiau, K. Adil, Y. Belmabkhout, P. M. Bhatt, M. Eddaoudi
Science, 2016, Vol. 353, Issue 6295, pp. 137-140, (2016)

​Dalal is a PhD Candidate in the Chemical Science Program under the supervision of Professor Mohamed Eddaoudi.
​​Reticular synthesis of HKUST-like tbo-MOFs with enhanced CH4 storage
I. Spanopoulos, C. Tsangarakis, E. Klontzas, E. Tylianakis, G. Froudakis, K. Adil, Y. Belmabkhout, M. Eddaoudi, and P. N. Trikalitis
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 1568−1574, (2016)
Highly Cited Researchers 2015 represents some of world’s most influential scientific minds. About three thousand researchers earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.
Ultra-tuning of the rare-earth fcu-MOF aperture size for selective molecular exclusion of branched paraffins
A.H. Assen, Y. Belmabkhout, K. Adil, P.M. Bhatt, D.-X Xue, H. Jiang, M. Eddaoudi
Angew. Chem. Ed. Int., (2015)
MOF crystal chemistry paving the way to gas storage needs: aluminum based soc-MOF for CH4, O2 and CO2 storage
D. Alezi, Y. Belmabkhout, M. Suetin, P.M. Bhatt, L.J. Weselinski, V. Solovyeva, K. Adil, I. Spanopoulos, P.N. Trikalitis, A. Emwas, and M. Eddaoudi
JACS, Article ASAP, (2015)
A facile solvent-free synthesis route for the assembly of a highly CO2 selective and H2S tolerant NiSIFSIX metal–organic framework
O. Shekhah, Y. Belmabkhout, K. Adil , P. M. Bhatt , A. J. Cairns, M. Eddaoudi
Chem. Commun., 51, 13595-13598, (2015)
Quest for highly connected metal–organic framework platforms: rare-earth polynuclear clusters versatility meets net
topology needs
D. Alezi, A.M.P. Peedikakkal, Ł.J. Weseliński, V. Guillerm, Y. Belmabkhout, A.J. Cairns, Z. Chen, Ł. Wojtas, and M. Eddaoudi
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (16), pp 5421–5430, (2015)
Versatile rare earth hexanuclear clusters for the design and synthesis of highly-connected ftw-MOFs
R. Luebke, Y. Belmabkhout, Ł.J. Weselinski, A.J. Cairns, M. Alkordi, G. Norton, Ł. Wojtas, K. Adil . M. Eddaoudi
Chem. Sci., 6, 4095-4102, (2015)
Tunable rare earth fcu-MOF platform: access to adsorption kinetics driven gas/vapor separations via pore size contraction
D.-X. Xue, Y. Belmabkhout, O. Shekhah, H. Jiang, K. Adil, A.J. Cairns, and M. Eddaoudi
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (15), pp 5034–5040, (2015)
From February 23-25, KAUST’s Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center (AMPMC) hosted the AMPMC/KAUST Research Conference: Recent Developments in Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials for Energy, Environmental and Water Applications.
Quest for anionic MOF membranes: continuous sod-ZMOF membrane with CO2 adsorption-driven selectivity
B.A. Al-Maythalony, O. Shekhah, R. Swaidan, Y. Belmabkhout, I. Pinnau, and M. Eddaoudi
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (5), pp 1754–1757, (2015)

The FMD3 group is pleased to welcome Mr. Ali Alansari (research technician) and Sk. Md. Towsif Abtab (post-doctoral fellow)​​

The gea-MOFs article recently published in Nature Chemistry by the FMD3 research group has been selected to illustrate the Nature Chemistry August issue as front cover.
FMD3 recent research is highlighted in Nature Middle East:

Building chemical nets


FMD3 recent research is highlighted in Nature Middle East:

New adsorbent for removing harmful greenhouse gas

FMD3 and UNIST (Korea) researchers publish a joint review in the Chemical Society Review.
Their contribution to this prestigious journal is an intuitive toolbox for the design of made-to-order MOFs pinpointing the rational and benefits of the Supermolecular Building Block (SBB) and Supermolecular Building Layer (SBL) approaches.
Congratulation to Vincent, Łukasz, Youssef, Amy, Valerio, Łukasz, Karim and Prof. Eddaoudi for the publication of their cutting edge work on MOF design in Nature Chemistry.

FMD3 researchers published their groundbreaking results for CO2 capture from air in Nature Communications.

Congratulations to Osama, Youssef, Chen, Vincent, Karim and Prof. Eddaoudi.

The FMD3 group is pleased to welcome Drs. Vera Solovyeva and Prashant Bhatt as post-doctoral fellows
Congratulation to Osama Shekhah, awarded for his poster at the Kaust - Sydney University symposium on Materials and Energy.
FMD3 group hosted the world famous scientist Prof. Mike O'Keeffe for the TOPOS school
​Congratulations to Vincent, Łukasz, Mohamed, Infas, Youssef, Amy and Prof. Eddaoudi for their work highlighted as a front cover in Chemical Communications.
Congratulations to Osama, Raja, Youssef, Marike, Tia, Prof. Len Barbour, Prof. Ingo Pinnau and Prof. Eddaoudi for their work highlighted as a front cover in Chemical Communications.
The study of topology is important for describing the structures and determining the properties of porous materials, such as zeolites and metal–organic frameworks. Such approaches can also be helpful in the designed synthesis of new materials. The school will focus on the theory of topology and the use of computer programs to aid in the analysis of structures.
The new rht-MOF-9 was synthesized from predesigned poliheterocyclic nitrogen-rich hexacarboxylate ligand to result in highly porous material of interesting H2 and CO2 adsorption properties.

A catalytic, high yielding procedure for the synthesis of 9H-carbazole-3,6-dicarbo-nitrile has been developed, following its facile hydrolytic transformation to 9H-carbazole-3,6-dicarboxylic acid. Both compounds are versatile building blocks for material science, medicinal and supramolecular chemistry.

The liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) method was effectively implemented to deliberately grow/construct ultrathin (0.5-1 μm) continuous and defect-free ZIF-8 membranes. Permeation properties of different gas pair systems (O2/N2, H2/CO2, CO2/CH4, C3H6/C3H8, CH4/n-C4H10 were studied using the time lag technique.
A novel porous organic polymer has been synthesized, using the molecular building block approach, to deliberately encompass aldehyde functionalities, amenable to post functionalization. The resultant porous framework allows a facile, unprecedented and anticipated one-step, quantitative, post-synthetic amine functionalization. As envisioned, investigation of CO2 adsorption properties showed a significant enhancement of the CO2 affinity at low coverage versus the pristine material. This feature considerably enriched the CO2 selectivity and improved the CO2 removal capabilities from N2 and CH4 containing gases akin to post-combustion capture and natural gas upgrading applications.
The FMD3 group is pleased to welcome Dr. Amandine Cadiau as a Post-Doctoral Fellow.
FMD3 hiring immediate post-doc to work on materials characterization, adsorption, gas separation

The FMD3 group is pleased to welcome two new PhD students, Valeriya Chernikova and Ayalew H Assen.

Scientists from KAUST FMD3 group have discovered and developed a unique, efficient, inexpensive, and reusable metal-organic framework (MOF) platform, based on the 12-connected fcu topology. These MOFs are built from the assembly of 12-connected, hexanuclear rare-earth (RE) clusters with linear fluorinated/non fluorinated, homo/hetero-functional ligands. This particular fcu-MOF platform was selected because of its unique structural characteristics combined with the ability/potential to dictate and regulate its chemical properties.
The FMD3 research group is pleased to welcome Dr. Karim Adil as a new research scientist.
Scientists from KAUST and the University of South Florida (USF) have discovered and developed a unique, efficient, inexpensive, and reusable metal-organic framework (MOF) material for carbon capture and separation that could lead to new clean-air and energy saving technologies. Their joint breakthrough, funded by a KAUST-sponsored faculty-initiated collaboration grant, offers new tools for confronting the world’s challenges in controlling carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
In a paper published in the prestigious journal Nature, Mohamed Eddaoudi, Professor of Chemical Science and Associate Director of the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center at KAUST, and his colleagues – an international group of multidisciplinary scientists and students, reveal and describe the unique properties of a previously underused material that offers a new mechanism for capturing CO2.

The Functional Materials Design Discovery and Development (FMD3) website is now online!  

​FMD3 is now looking for qualified applicants to join our lab.