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We are a group of organic and inorganic chemists who utilize magnetic, optical, and electrical properties to solve problems in quantum information science, renewable energy, and biology. By integrating fundamental ideas across chemistry, physics, and biology, we hope to address some of the major challenges in science, and most of all, have fun along the way! Thanks for visiting!

Current challenges in advanced materials for renewable energy, quantum information processing and sensing, and low energy-demand applications requires a deep understanding of the relationships between charge, spin, and excited states in functional materials. In the Frank group, we use our knowledge of photochemistry, magnetism and organic chemistry to develop new organic materials for renewable energy applications (solar cells, batteries), quantum information science (quantum computing and sensing), and biology (MRI agents and biosensors).

Latest News

July 23 2021-DOE Announces $73 Million for Materials and Chemical Sciences Research to Advance Quantum Science and Technology. Dr. Frank (PI) and co-PIs ( Dr. King, Dr. Varganov, Dr. Tucker, and Dr. Lee) are among 29 projects chosen https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-73-million-materials-and-chemical-sciences-research-advance-quantum-science

May 2021– Welcome Anitha Alanthadka, a postdoctoral fellow in our group who will be exploring the breadth of optically switchable spin systems for quantum information science!

Jan 2021 – Rondo Bauer, Anastasiya Chevychalova, Makenna Lafond, Ruth Habtemariam, Ethan Safier, and Tiffany Lee join our group! Explorations of organic battery materials, biosensors, MRI agents, dye sensitized solar cells, magnetoreception, and photochromic materials are all underway! Welcome!

Aug 2020 – Gilbert Ganschow joins our group to work on organic battery materials. Welcome Gilbert!

Jul 2020 – Our coauthored perspective on the role of chemistry in quantum information science is published in Nature Reviews Chemistry. Thank you to all the coauthors, and to Mike Wasielewski for organizing! Great discussions! https://doi.org/10.1038/s41570-020-0200-5

Jun 2020 The Frank lab joins the Chemistry Department at the University of Nevada-Reno

Jul 2019 –  Samuel’s work is published in J. Phys Chem. B and makes the cover. Nice work Samuel! Collaboration with Joel Garcia, Angie Louie and Jared Shaw at UC-Davis: Spiropyrans for GSH sensing. “Antioxidant Sensing by Spiropyrans: Substituent Effects and NMR Spectroscopic Studies”
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b03424

Jun 2018 – Ms. Hannah Charnock (in our group) and Ms. Karen Lithgow Awarded the Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Award in Equity and Diversity. The University of Victoria acknowledges the presence of dedicated advocates and activists within our community. These individuals address systemic or institutionalized barriers as champions for others.

Mar 2018 – Ultrafast Spintronics: Dynamics of the PISCES process published in J. Phys Chem Lett (2018). Nice work Adam, Ziliang, and Delmar! Now we know the dynamics occur on the ultrafast timescale, and spin-state switching occurs in the excited state PES! https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02166

Mar 2018 – A new spin qubit with a spin state optically induced lifetime of 10 s! “Opto-Spintronics: via PISCES at 300 K” published in JACS (2018). Beautifully done Michelle and Danielhttps://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.8b09190

Feb 2018 – Women’s History Month: Natia Frank included in amazing women in Science by C&E News Women’s History Month in C&E News-Frank group research highlighted at https://cen.acs.org/sections.

Feb 2018 – C&E News Talks With Natia Frank Feb 5, 2018. “Building a path toward computer memory written with light”. University of Victoria’s Natia Frank is developing next-generation materials to lower computer power consumption, by Louisa Dalton, special to C&EN.

Jan 2018 – ACS Central Science – Center Stage Jan 11, 2018. A Conversation with Natia Frank. The physical organic chemist is developing next-generation materials for low-power computer memory. ACS Cent. Sci., 2018, 4 (1), pp 1–2 https://doi.org/10.1021/acscentsci.8b00006