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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry


Francesca Firth is a fourth-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, including PXRD, NMR, TGA and XPDF, towards understanding the formation of different MOF defect phases. When not in the lab, she enjoys painting metal and ceramics, drinking tea and playing the clarinet.



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.


Direct Imaging of Correlated Defect Nanodomains in a Metal-Organic Framework.
DN Johnstone, FCN Firth, CP Grey, PA Midgley, MJ Cliffe, SM Collins
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
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
FCN Firth, MJ Cliffe, D Vulpe, M Aragones, D Fairen-Jimenez, P Moghadam, 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
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Exploring the Solution Formation of UiO Family Hf Metal-Organic Framework clusters with in situ X-Ray Pair Distribution Function Analysis
FCN Firth, MW Gaultois, Y Wu, J Stratford, DS Keeble, CP Grey, MJ Cliffe

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