Katherine A. Mirica

|Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Chemistry

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The research in the Mirica Group focuses on addressing global challenges in healthcare and environmental stewardship through innovations in Materials Chemistry.  The experimental strategy emphasizes molecular design and synthesis of responsive materials compatible with the unique demands of low-power, portable, affordable, easy-to-use electronic sensing devices.  An important aspect of research in the group is a feedback loop between fundamental and applied science, where the fundamental understanding of interactions of small molecules with responsive materials is used, probed, and refined in functional devices.  Materials and methods developed in the group may also be applicable to information storage, and energy storage, conversion, and catalysis.


Burke, Room 214
HB 6128




  • B.S. Boston College
  • Ph.D. Harvard University
  • Postdoc Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

  • Smith, M. K.; Jensen, K. E.; Pivak, P. A.; Mirica, K. A.* "Direct Self-Assembly of Conductive Nanorods of Metal–Organic Frameworks into Chemiresistive Devices on Shrinkable Polymer Films” Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 5264–5268.

    Mitchell, H. T.; Smith, M. K.; Blelloch, N. D.; Van Citters, D. W.; Mirica, K. A.* “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons as Sublimable Adhesives” Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 2788–2793.

    Smith, M. K.; Martin-Peralta, D. G.; Pivak, P. A.; Mirica, K. A.* “Fabrication of Solid-State Gas Sensors by Drawing: An Undergraduate and High School Introduction to Functional Nanomaterials and Chemical Detection” J. Chem. Ed. 2017, 94, 1933–1938.

    Ko, M.; Aykanat, A.; Smith, M. K.; Mirica, K. A.* “Drawing Sensors with Ball-Milled Blends of Metal–Organic Frameworks and Graphite” Sensors 2017, 17, 2192.

    Smith, M.; Mirica, K. A.* “Self-Organized Frameworks on Textiles (SOFT): Conductive Fabrics for Simultaneous Sensing, Capture, and Filtration of Gases” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 16759–16767.

    Mendecki, L.; Ko, M.; Zhang, X.; Meng, Z.; Mirica, K. A.* “Porous Scaffolds for Electrochemically Controlled Reversible Capture and Release of Ethylene” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 17229–17232.

    Mendecki, L; Mirica, K. A.* “Conductive Metal–Organic Frameworks as Ion-to-Electron Transducers in Potentiometric Sensors" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10, 19248–19257.

    Ko, M.; Mendecki, L.; Mirica, K. A.* "Conductive Two-Dimensional Metal–Organic Frameworks as Multifunctional Materials" Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 7873–7891.

    Meng, Z.; Stolz, R. M.; Mendecki, L.; Mirica, K. A.* “Electrically-Transduced Chemical Sensors Based on Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials” Chem. Rev. 2019, 119, 478–598.

    Meng, Z.; Aykanat, A.; Mirica, K. A.* “Proton Conduction in 2D Aza-Fused Covalent Organic Frameworks” Chem. Mater. 2019, 31, 819–825.

    Meng, Z.; Aykanat, A.; Mirica, K. A.* “Welding Metallophthalocyanines into Bimetallic Molecular Meshes for Ultrasensitive, Low-Power Chemiresistive Detection of Gases” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 2046–2053.

    Meng, Z.; Stolz, R. M.; Mirica, K. A.* “Two-Dimensional Chemiresistive Covalent Organic Framework with High Intrinsic Conductivity” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 11929–11937.

    Ko, M.; Mendecki, L.; Eagleton, A.; Durbin, C. G.; Stolz, R. M.; Meng. Z.; Mirica, K. A.* “Employing Conductive Metal–Organic Frameworks for Voltammetric Detection of Neurochemicals” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 11717–11733.

    Aykanat, A.; Meng, Z.; Benedetto, G.; Mirica, K. A.* “Molecular Engineering of Multifunctional Metallophthalocyanine-Containing Framework Materials” Chem. Mater. 2020, 32, 5372–5409.

    Stolz, R. M.; Mahdavi-Shakib, A.; Frederick, B. G.*; Mirica, K. A.* “Host–Guest Interactions and Redox Activity in Layered Conductive Metal–Organic Frameworks” Chem. Mater. 2020, 32, 7639–7652.

    Blelloch, N. D.; Mitchell, H. T.; Tymm, C. C.; Van Citters, D. W.; Mirica, K. A.* “Crystal Engineering of Molecular Solids as Temporary Adhesives” Chem. Mater. 2020, 32, 9882–9896.

    Meng, Z.; Luo, J.; Li, W.*; Mirica, K. A.* “Hierarchical Tuning of the Performance of Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Reduction Using Conductive Two-Dimensional Metallophthalocyanine Based Metal−Organic Frameworks” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 21656–21669.

    Meng, Z.; Mirica, K. A.* “Two-Dimensional d-π Conjugated Metal−Organic Framework Based on Hexahydroxytrinaphthylene” Nano Research 202114, 369–375.

    Blelloch, N. D.; Mitchell, H. T.; Greenburg, L. C.; Van Citters, D. W.; Mirica, K. A.* “Photochemical Control of the Mechanical and Adhesive Properties of Crystalline Molecular Solids” Cryst. Growth Des. 2021, 21, 6143–6154.