Dr Maria Grazia Francesconi

Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 465409

Maria Grazia is currently a senior lecturer in inorganic chemistry at the University of Hull.

She obtained her Masters degree and PhD in Chemistry at the University of Parma and carried out post-doctoral work at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham.

Her research interests are in the area of solid state chemistry and inorganic materials, specifically on the preparation and characterisation of oxides and non-oxide materials (nitrides, sulphides and mixed-anion compounds).

More recently, Maria Grazia has been involved with the preparation and characterisation of nanoparticles for biomedical applications and catalysis.


Research Interests

  • Non-oxide materials

  • Non-conventional synthesis routes

  • Structural and physical properties of inorganic material

  • Inorganic nanoparticles

Research groups

  • Inorganic and Magnetic Materials


  • University of Birmingham, UK

  • University of Duisburg Essen, Germany

  • CRISMAT, CNRS, Caen France

  • Universita' di Parma

  • Åbo Akademi University, Finland


'Pd3Sn Nanoparticles on TiO2 and ZnO Supports as Catalysts for Semi-hydrogenation: Synthesis and Catalytic Performance', S. K. Johnston, N. Cherkasov, E. Pérez-Barrado, Atte Aho, D. Y. Murzin, A. O. Ibhadon and M. G. Francesconi*, Applied Catalysis A, 2017, 544, 40-45.

'Structure and Electronic Properties of the Quasi-One-Dimensional Ba2Co1–xZnxS3 Series', M. R. Harrison, A. Maignan, V. Hardy, O. Lebedev, N. A. Young and M. G. Francesconi*, Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 56 (1), 213-223 DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02014

'Doping of Inorganic Materials in Microreactor - Preparation of ZnxFe3-xO4 (0< x £ 0.48) Nanoparticles', M. D. Simmons, N. Jones, D. J. Evans, C. Wiles, P. Watts, S. Salamon, M. Escobar Castillo, H. Wende, D. C. Lupascu and M. G. Francesconi*, Lab on a Chip, 2015, 15, 3154 - 3162; DOI:10.1039/C5LC00287G

'Mixed-Metal One-Dimensional Sulfides – A Class of Materials with Differences and Similarities to Oxides', M. R. Harrison and M. G. Francesconi*, Coord. Chem. Rev. , 2011, 255 (3-4), 451-458, 10.1016/j.ccr.2010.10.008

'Synthesis and characterisation of the quaternary nitride-fluoride Ce2MnN3F2-d', D. A. Headspith, E. Sullivan, C. Greaves, and M. G. Francesconi*, Dalton Trans., 2009, 9273-9. doi: 10.1039/b908591b


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • 06092: Insight into Materials Chemistry and Scientific Skills

  • 06200: Synthesis and Analysis

  • 06750: Topics in Nanotechnology 

Research PhDs


Current available projects: 

  • Novel inorganic materials for CO2 capture and re-utilisation, and for pigments
  • Preparation and characterisation of nanoparticles for medical applications
  • Preparation and characterisation of nanoparticles for applications as catalysts

Completed PhDs

Last three PhD students who completed their studies:

  • M. Simmons, Synthesis of Fe-Oxide Nanoparticles using Microreactors. Completed September 2014.

  • N. Jones, Iron Oxide Based Nanoparticles as MRI Imaging Agents. Completed September 2015,

  • K. Katubi, Titanium Dioxide Based Nanocatalysts for Applications in Photocatalysis. Completed June 2015

Current PhD supervisions 

  • S. Johnston, Microwave, Acoustic and Plasma Assisted Synthesis (Catalyst Development)

  • G. Entract, Triggering the Anti-Cancer Immune Response by Combined Radio- Photodynamic - Therapy of Liver Tumours

  • M. Bennett, Inorganic Materials for CO2 Sequestration

  • S. Al-Habsi, Novel Anticancer Theranostic Agents


Teaching awards and accolades

  • PGCE in Higher Education

  • Member of the HEA

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry at the University of Parma under the supervision of Prof G Calestani and Prof G D Andreetti

External roles

  • Editorial Board Member for the journal Heliyon (Elsevier)

  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review and Prioritisation Panels

  • MSCA IF Expert Reviewer (October-December 2017)