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Professor Frank

Professor Natia L. Frank

Principal Investigator, Frank Lab
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Associate Professor, University of Victoria (2011 – present)
Canada Research Chair – University of Victoria (2005 – 2010)
Assistant Professor – University of Washington (2000 – 2004)
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow – California Institute of Technology (1998 – 2000)
Postdoctoral Fellow – Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux (ICMCB), France (1996 – 1997)
Ph. D. – University of California, San Diego
M. Sc. – University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A. – Bard College, New York

Professor Frank's CV

Natia was born in Kingston, New York and received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Bard College in 1984 with a major in Chemistry, and minor in Music and Math. She then went on to carry out her Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-­Madison (1990) with Prof. Robert West (Main Group Organometallic), and her Ph.D at the University of California-­San Diego in Organic Chemistry (1996) with Prof. Jay Siegel(Structural Organic Chemistry). In the fall of 1996, she became a CNRS Postdoctoral Fellow with the late Prof. Olivier Kahn (Magnetochemistry) at the University of Bordeaux, France, where she investigated organic-based magnetic materials. In 1998, she moved to Caltech in Pasadena CA, where she was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow investigating charge transfer processes in DNA with Dr. Thomas Meade. She began her independent career as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle, and moved to the University of Victoria in 2005 as a Canada Research Chair in Multifunctional Materials Chemistry. Her research focuses on understanding the relationships between magnetic exchange, spin state, charge transport and charge transfer, and excited state processes in multifunctional spin-containing systems (molecules, polymers, proteins, surfaces, bacteria) for organic spintronics, photovoltaics, biosensors, and optically-gated functional materials for green and renewable energy technologies.