Karim Adil, PhD

Research Scientists

Research Scientist


Research Interests

Dr. Adil’s research is mainly concerned with the synthesis of new Metal Organic Materials (fluorinated or not) for different applications as gas storage or separation. Because the capability of materials for a given application is strongly related to its structure, his expertise in crystallography (structure determination by powder or single-crystal diffractometry) is essential for the understanding of phenomena associated to gas sorption or gas separation process.

Selected Publications

  • A supermolecular building layer approach for gas separation and storage applications: the eea and rtl MOF platforms for CO2 capture and hydrocarbon separation
    Z. Chen, K. Adil, L.J. Weselinski, Y. Belmabkhout and M. Eddaoudi
    J. Mater. Chem. A, 3 (12), 6276-6281, (2015)
  • Zeolite-like metal-organic frameworks (ZMOFs): design, synthesis, and properties
    M. Eddaoudi, D.F. Sava, J.F. Eubank, K. Adil and V. Guillerm
    Chem. Soc. Rev., 44, 228-249, (2015)
  • Made-to-order metal-organic frameworks for trace carbon dioxide removal and air capture
    O. Shekhah, Y. Belmabkhout, Z. Chen, V. Guillerm, A. Cairns, K. Adil and M. Eddaoudi
    Nat. Commun., 5, 4228-4234, (2014)
  • A supermolecular building approach for the design and construction of metal–organic frameworks
    V. Guillerm, D. Kim, J.F. Eubank, R. Luebke, X. Liu, K. Adil, M.S. Lah and M. Eddaoudi
    Chem. Soc. Rev., 43, 6141-6172, (2014)
  • Discovery and introduction of a (3,18)-connected net as an ideal blueprint for the design of metal–organic frameworks
    V. Guillerm, Ł.J. Weseliński, Y. Belmabkhout, A.J. Cairns, V. D'Elia, Ł. Wojtas, K. Adil, and M. Eddaoudi
    Nature Chemistry 6, 673–680, (2014)
  • SMARTER crystallography of the fluorinated inorganic-organic compound Zn3Al2F12 center dot[HAmTAZ](6)
    C. Martineau, A. Cadiau, B. Bouchevreau F. Taullele, K. Adil
    Dalton trans, 41(20), 6232-6241, (2012)
  • ZnAlF5•[TAZ]: an Al fluorinated MOF of MIL-53(Al) topology with cationic {Zn(1,2,4 triazole)}(2+) linkers
    A. Cadiau, C. Martineau, M. Leblanc, V. Maisonneuve, A. Ribaud, F. Taulelle, K. Adil
    J. Mat. Chem, 21(11), 3949-3951, (2011)
  • Novel layered hybrid fluoroaluminate in the composition space diagram of the Al(OH)3-HguaCl-HFaq-EtOH system
    K. Adil , A. Le Bail, M. Leblanc and V. Maisonneuve
    Inorg. Chem. 49, 2392-2397, (2010)
  • Third structure determination by powder diffractometry round robin (SDPDRR-3)
    A. Le Bail, L.M.D. Cranswick, K. Adil, A. Altomare, M. Avdeev, R. Cerny, C. Cuocci, C. Giacovazzo, I. Halasz, S.H. Lapidus, J.N. Louwen, A. Moliterni, L. Palatinus, R. Rizzi, E.C. Schilder, P.W. Stephens, K.H. Stone and J. van Mechelen
    Powder Diffraction, 24(3), 254-262, (2009)


  • Ph.D., Solid State Chemistry, Laboratoire des Oxydes et Fluorures, University of Le Mans, France, 2005
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Institut Lavoisier, University of Versailles, France, 2002

Professional Profile

  • 2013-Present: Research Scientist, Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPM), KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2005-2013: Assistant Professor, Institute of Molecules and Materials, University of Le Mans, France

KAUST Affiliations

Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center (AMPM)
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Metal Organic Frameworks X-Ray crystallography MOF synthesis MOF characterization Ab-initio structure determination by powder diffractometry