Dr. Natia Frank

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 784-4857
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: chemistry
  • Research Fields: Quantum Science, Batteries
  • Disciplines: Chemistry, Physical Sciences
  • Funding:DoE - Department of Energy, EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, NSF - National Science Foundation, UNR - University of Nevada, Reno


Dr. Frank has served as mentor for 15 PhD and MSc students in Canada and the US, over 37 undergraduate students, and four high school students. Her students have gone on to successful careers in industry, academics, scientific writing, and law. Students have been active in increasing diversity and equity in STEM fields, and have been given University awards for student-based activity towards increasing underrepresented groups in STEM.


Prof. Natia L. Frank received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Bard College in 1987 (Chemistry, Math, Music), an M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989), and Ph.D at the University of California-San Diego (1996, Organic Chemistry). She was a CNRS Postdoctoral Fellow with the late Prof. Olivier Kahn at the University of Bordeaux, France (spin-based materials), and an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (Biomaterials, Prof. Thomas Meade/Prof. Harry Gray) at Caltech. She began her independent career in 2000 as an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington-Seattle in the study of multifunctional magnetic materials for spintronics and biosensing. In 2005, she was recruited as a Canada Research Chair Tier II in Multifunctional Materials Chemistry at the University of Victoria where she developed optically switchable spin-based qubits for quantum science. In 2012, she was a Visiting Scholar at Humbolt University (Physics), Berlin, Germany, and University of Rennes (Chemistry), France. In 2020, she joined the University of Nevada-Reno as Associate Professor of Chemistry. Her primary expertise is at the interface of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, spin-based materials and photochemistry/electron transfer theory which allows her to be well-situated to address current challenges in molecular quantum information science: the design of molecular qubits with long decoherence times, multiqubit arrays, and qubits/qudits that can respond to external stimuli for quantum computing and sensing. Prof. Frank currently serves on two funded DOE EFRC advisory boards in quantum science, the ACS-PRF Advisory Board, and has served on numerous NSF funding panels in quantum relevant areas.