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.

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June 14, 2016
Drake will host 25 young African leaders this summer for an intensive six-week Fellowship program focusing on business and entrepreneurship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
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