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Natia Frank

Associate Professor She/her/hers


  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2000-2004
  • Assistant Director and Associate Director of Education & Diversity of NSF-STC (MDITR), University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2002-2004
  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2005-2011
  • Canada Research Chair Tier (II), Chemistry, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, 2005-2010
  • Associate Professor, Chemistry, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2011-2020
  • Visiting Professor, Chemistry and Physics, Humbolt University, Berlin, Germany, 2012
  • Associate Professor, Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, 2020 - present

Research interests

Organic materials chemistry for development of spin-based organic electronics, spintronics, photoactive quantum materials, organic photovoltaics, charge-storage materials, magnetoreception, magnetism in medicine, and biosensors.

Expertise: Organic materials chemistry, magnetism, charge transfer, charge transport, photochemistry, structural organic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, characterization and property measurement of multifunctional materials, device fabrication and characterization.

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry (I and II)
  • Honors Organic Chemistry (I and II)
  • Introduction to Organic Synthesis Advanced Organic Chemistry: Structure, Bonding and Reactivity
  • Advanced Organic: Structure and Function in Materials and Biology
  • Magnetism and Charge Transfer Processes in Chemistry
  • Measurements in Magnetometry Property Directed Synthesis Discussion


  • B.A. Chemistry, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY1987
  • M.Sc.Inorganic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1990
  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1996

Selected publications

  • "Exploiting Chemistry and Chemical Systems for Quantum Information Science" Wasielewski, M., Forbes, M., Frank, N., Kowalski, K., Scholes, G., Yuen-Zhou, J., Baldo, M., Freedman, D., Goldsmith, R., Goodson, T., Kirk, M., McCusker, J., Ogilvie, J., Shultz, D., Stoll, S., and Whaley , B. Nat. Rev. Chem. (2020) Accepted May 2020. 
  • “Antioxidant Sensing by Spiropyrans: Substituent Effects and NMR Spectroscopic Studies” Garcia, J; Addison, JB; Liu, SZ; Lu, S; Faulkner, AL; Hodur, BM; Balmond, EI; Or, VW; Yun, JH; Trevino, K; Shen, BW; Shaw, JT; Frank, NL; Louie, AY  J. Phys. Chem B. (2019) 123 (31), 6799-6809, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b03424
  • Opto-Spintronics: Photoisomerization-Induced Spin State Switching at 300 K in Photochrome-Cobalt Dioxolene Thin Films” Paquette, M. M.; Plaul, D.; Patrick, B.; Kurimoto, A.; Frank, N. L.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2018) 140, 14990−15000. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b09190 (Highlighted as JACS Spotlight)
  • “Controlling Photoswitching via pcFRET Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles” Zhang, X.; Kurimoto, A.; Frank, N. L.; Harbron, E. J Phys. Chem C. (2018) 122 (39) 22728−22737 (Featured as ACS Editor’s Choice), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b06900.
  • “Ultrafast Spintronics: Dynamics of the Photoisomerization-Induced Spin-Charge Excited State (PISCES) Mechanism in Spirooxazine-Based Photomagnetic Materials” Jenkins, A.; Mao, Z.; Kurimoto, A.; Mix, L. T.; Frank, N.; Larsen, D. J Phys Chem Lett. (2018) 9 (18) 5351-5357. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02166. 
  • “Modulating short wavelength fluorescence with long wavelength light” Copley, G.; Gillmore, J. G.; Crisman, J.; Kodis, G.; Gray, C. L.; Cherry, B. R.; Sherman, B. D.; Liddell, P. A.; Paquette, M. M.; Kelbauskas, L.; Frank, N. L.; Moore, A. L.; Moore, T. A.; Gust, D. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014 136, 34, 11994-12003 (AUG 27 2014). DOI: 10.1021/ja504879p.

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