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Department of Chemistry


Francesca Firth is a second-year PhD student in the Grey Group at the University of Cambridge. She works on defect-engineering MOFs through synthesis and uses a variety of techniques towards understanding the formation of different MOF defect phases. When not in the lab, she enjoys painting metal and ceramics, and is responsible for armoury as part of the Cambridge University Fencing Club.




PhD Chemistry, Grey Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Supervisor: Clare Grey


BA/MSci (Natural Sciences), Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

MSci Research Project Supervisors: Clare Grey, Matthew Cliffe (Grey Group, Department of Chemistry)

My research project focused on using defect engineering in the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks to control the formation of crystal phases.


Engineering new defective phases of UiO family metal–organic frameworks with water
FCN Firth, MJ Cliffe, D Vulpe, M Aragones-Anglada, PZ Moghadam, D Fairen-Jimenez, B Slater, CP Grey
– Journal of Materials Chemistry A
Engineering New Defective Phases of UiO Family Metal-Organic Frameworks with Water
F Firth, M Cliffe, D Vulpe, P Moghadam, D Fairen-jimenez, B slater, C Grey
– Journal of Materials Chemistry A
Metal-Organic Nanosheets Formed via Defect-Mediated Transformation of a Hafnium Metal-Organic Framework
MJ Cliffe, E Castillo-Martínez, Y Wu, J Lee, AC Forse, FCN Firth, PZ Moghadam, D Fairen-Jimenez, MW Gaultois, JA Hill, OV Magdysyuk, B Slater, AL Goodwin, CP Grey
– J Am Chem Soc

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