Dr. Colin Cairns

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office Location: 218 Cline Hall
515-271-3032
colin.cairns@drake.edu
Research Projects

Professor Cairns grew up in Northern Ireland and earned both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (B.Sc. 1977, and Ph.D. 1980) at the Queen's University of Belfast. After postdoctoral research at (The) Ohio State University he joined the Drake faculty in 1986.

He has taught General Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry courses in the Chemistry Department and has also contributed to the Honors Program and the First Year Seminar (FYS) Program.

Professor Cairns was trained as an inorganic chemist and has a special interest in the broad fields of (1) transition metal bioinorganic chemistry and (2) molecular devices. His research projects are devoted to the synthesis, characterization and applications of transition metal complexes which can act as redox catalysts or that may have useful photophysical properties.

These projects involve all of the traditional subdisciplines of chemistry-inorganic, organic, analytical, physical and biochemistry-and thus are designed to be of interest to students whose own interests lie in any these areas.

Art Sci Events
July 3, 2015
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
July 10, 2015
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
ArtSci News
June 11, 2015
Zenith Chamber Music Festival features free, daily performances at four locations in Des Moines. Zenith is scheduled for August 18-21 and is hosted by Drake University.
×