Jess Snelson


I graduated from the University of Leeds with an Integrated Chemistry Masters with a Year in Industry in 2021. My Masters project, supervised by Dr Sean Collins, focused on using Python to improve the accuracy of STEM-EDS to enable the quantification of metal alloys. Upon graduating, I was awarded the Robert Macrae Prize for producing the best Inorganic Integrated Masters project that year. My year in industry was based at Inovyn ChlorVinyls (Ineos) in Runcorn, where I used XRF and CVAAS, as well as AFS to quantify hazardous elements in various construction materials to aid in a large scale demolition project.

Research interests

My main research interest focuses on utilising and improving a variety of microscopy techniques for the quantification and characterisation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and zeolites, as well as other low-density materials. This PhD project encompasses a variety of analytical signals in STEM as well as incorporating 3D absorption correction and simultaneous absolute quantification with experimentally calibrated cross-sections for quantification of low-Z materials.


  • MChem, BSc Chemistry with a Year in Industry

Research groups and institutes

  • Materials Characterisation