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I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2016 with an MChem with Study in Industry. I continued to study at Sheffield with a PhD in Chemistry (awarded 2020), researching metal-organic framework (MOF) nanosheets with Dr Jonathan Foster. I was then awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize to further develop scalable, continuous synthesis methods for these metal-organic materials, in conjunction with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
In 2021, I took up an EPSRC-funded PDRA position at The University of Strathclyde, working on a collaborative project under Prof. Ashleigh Fletcher (Department of Chemical and Process Engineering) and Dr Iain Oswald (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences). My main area of research is centred aroud the design and characterisation of flexible metal-organic frameworks, for CO2 capture and gas separation applications. I use a combination of diffraction, adsorption and spectroscopic techniques to try to understand the fundamental rules governing the behaviour of flexible framework materials.
My main research project centres around the characterisation of flexible metal organic frameworks (MOFs), to understand their structural response to external stimuli such as pressure, temperature and guest species. This knowledge allows design of materials towards applications such as CO2 capture, and gas separations.
My research is primarily split between using gravimetric and volumetric adsorption techniques to understand gas adsorption and selectivity rules, and high-pressure X-ray diffraction to characterise structural response to pressure, at an atomic level.
More broadly, I am interested in the rational design of MOFs with specific properties related to their intended end-use, synthesis methods thereof, and stimuli-responsive MOFs for applications across gas/liquid separation and catalysis.
I am currently involved with teaching 1st and 2nd year undergraduate tutorials.
CP101 - Basic Principles in Chemical Engineering
CP203 - Chemical Principles
Additionally, I am involved with developing and delivering otureach activities for primary/secondary school children to inspire and encourage interest in STEM subjects.
Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Chemistry, University of Sheffield
1 Sept 2016 → 5 Dec 2019
Award Date: 2 Mar 2020
Master of Chemistry, MChem with Study in Industry, University of Sheffield
1 Oct 2012 → 1 Jul 2016
Award Date: 1 Jul 2016
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Quantifying the Dynamic Response in Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): A Platform for Tuning Chemical Space in Porous Materials
18/01/21 → 30/09/24
Probing host-guest interactions in MOFs using Raman spectroscopy - StrathWide 2021 ECR funding award, £4780
1/10/21 → 30/09/22
Project: Internally funded project
Chong, M. W. S., Parrott, A. J., Ashworth, D. J., Fletcher, A. J. & Nordon, A., 7 Jun 2023, In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 25, 21, p. 14869-14878 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Non-Invasive Raman Spectroscopy for Rapid Identification of and Monitoring the Growth of Metal-Organic Frameworks18 Aug 2023
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
David Ashworth (Member)2021 → …
Activity: Membership types › Membership of network