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Department of Chemistry

 

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About

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.

Education

2017-present

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

Supervisor: Clare Grey

2013-2017

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.

Publications

Direct Imaging of Correlated Defect Nanodomains in a Metal-Organic Framework.
DN Johnstone, FCN Firth, CP Grey, PA Midgley, MJ Cliffe, SM Collins
– J Am Chem Soc
(2020)
142,
13081
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
(2019)
7,
7459
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
(2018)
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
(2017)
139,
5397

Research Group

Telephone number

01223 760836

Email address

fcnf2@cam.ac.uk