Dr Chris Marsh

Laboratory Teaching Fellow

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School/Department: School of Chemistry

Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1098



I joined the University of Leicester in 2021 as a Laboratory Teaching Fellow. I am focussed on the design, delivery and development of the chemistry teaching laboratory courses for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. My research background is in inorganic materials chemistry with a focus on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Prior to joining Leicester I was a Research Associate at the University of Bath focussing on porous materials for the capture and controlled release of biomolecules using both experimental methods and molecular simulations. My PhD involved the development of MOFs bearing acidic functionalities for gas storage, molecular separation, and proton diffusion.


Research Interests:

  • Pedagogy and Chemistry Education
  • Porous materials
  • Metal-organic frameworks


1. Marsh, C.; Han, X.; Lu, Z.; da Silva, I.; Cheng, Y.; Daemen, L. L.; Day, S. J.; Thompson, S. P.; Ramirez-Cuesta, A.; Yang, S.; Schröder, M. Binding of carbon dioxide and acetylene to free carboxylic acid sites in a metal–organic framework. Chem. Sci. 2024.

2. Chen, J.; Mei, Q.; Chen, Y.; Marsh, C.; An, B.; Han, X.; Silverwood, I. P.; Li, M.; Cheng, Y.; He, M.; Chen, X.; Li, W.; Kippax-Jones, M.; Crawshaw, D.; Frogley, M. D.; Day, S. J.; -Sakai, V. G.; Manuel, P.; Ramirez-Cuesta, A. J.; Yang, S.; Schroeder, M. Highly Efficient Proton Conduction in the Metal-Organic Framework Material MFM-300(Cr)•SO4(H3O)2. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2022, 144, 11969-11974.

3. Marsh, C.; Han, X.; Li, J.; Lu, Z.; Argent, S. P.; da Silva, I.; Cheng, Y.; Daemen, L. L.; Ramirez-Cuesta, A. J.; Thompson, S. P.; Blake, A. J.; Yang, S.; Schröder, M. Exceptional Packing Density of Ammonia in a Dual-Functionalized Metal-Organic Framework. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2021, 143, 6586-6592.

4. Marsh, C.; Shearer, G. C.; Knight, B. T.; Paul-Taylor, J.; Burrows, A. D. Supramolecular aspects of biomolecule interactions in metal-organic frameworks. Coordination Chemistry Reviews 2021, 439.

5. Rought, P.; Marsh, C.; Pili, S.; Silverwood, I. P.; Sakai, V. G.; Li, M.; Brown, M. S.; Argent, S. P.; Vitorica-Yrezabal, I.; Whitehead, G.; Warren, M. R.; Yang, S.; Schröder, M. Modulating proton diffusion and conductivity in metal-organic frameworks by incorporation of accessible free carboxylic acid groups. Chemical Science 2019, 10, 1492-1499.

6. Pili, S.; Rought, P.; Kolokolov, D. I.; Lin, L.; da Silva, I.; Cheng, Y.; Marsh, C.; Silverwood, I. P.; García Sakai, V.; Li, M.; Titman, J. J.; Knight, L.; Daemen, L. L.; Ramirez-Cuesta, A. J.; Tang, C. C.; Stepanov, A. G.; Yang, S.; Schröder, M. Enhancement of Proton Conductivity in Nonporous Metal-Organic Frameworks: The Role of Framework Proton Density and Humidity. Chemistry of Materials 2018, 30, 7593-7602.


Module coordinator for laboratory-based modules:

  • CH0062 - Introductory Chemistry Practical
  • CH1205 - Introductory Practical Chemistry
  • CH2204 - Practical Chemistry & Key Skills

Lecturer on the following theory modules:

  • CH0061 - Introduction to Chemistry
  • CH3208 - Advanced Materials Chemistry

Workshop contributions to the following skills-based modules:

  • CH1204 - Chemistry Key Skills & Maths
  • CH2204 - Practical Chemistry & Key Skills

Tutor for:

  • FS0050 - Academic Support
  • CH1200 - General Chemistry
  • CH1202 - Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH2202 - Inorganic Chemistry

Press and media

I am happy to comment on areas relating to my research background in Materials Chemistry, Metal-Organic Frameworks, and Chemistry Laboratory Education.

I am also involved with the School of Chemistry Outreach Team, delivering activities for local schools and colleges. For outreach requests, please contact us at


  • MSci Chemistry with a Year in Industry (University of Nottingham)
  • PhD in Chemistry (University of Manchester)
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

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