B.S., University of California, Irvine, 1979.
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1983.
Postdoctoral research, Princeton University, 1983-1985.
Areas of Focus:
Computational and theoretical chemistry
It is now possible for chemists to routinely probe questions of chemical structure and reactivity without recourse to a traditional laboratory. Advances in theoretical and computational chemistry have enabled chemists to extract reliable answers from calculations for many systems. As the power of these methods to make substantial contributions to organic, inorganic, and biochemical research grows, so does the demand for new theoretical approaches. My research group is engaged in both developing new methods for studying chemical systems using computational approaches, as well as in the application of theoretical models to problems of interest in organic, inorganic and biological systems.
Selected Recent Publications
CF3 Rotation in 3-trimethylfluorophenanthrene: X-ray Diffraction and ab initio Electronic Structure Calculations, X. Wang, F.B. Mallory, C.W. Mallory, A.J. Rheingold, P.A. Beckmann, M.M. Francl, J. Phys. Chem. A, 110, 3954-3960 (2006).
A Theoretical Study of the Reduction Of Carbonyls By Alkylaluminum Complexes, J.W. Bundens, P.R. Seida, D. Jeyakumar and M.M. Francl, Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modeling, 24, 195-202 (2005).
Exploring Exotic Kinetics: An Introduction to the Use of Numerical Methods in Chemical Kinetics, M. M. Francl Journal of Chemical Education, 81, 1535 (2004).
An Ab Initio MO Study of the Symmetric And Asymmetric Isomers of Bridging Alkynylaluminum and Alkynylberyllium Dimers, P. R. Seida, J.W. Bundens, M.M. Francl, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 95, 806-809 (2003).
- General Chemistry
- Quantum Chemistry: Podcast available at iTunes (Introduction to Quantum Chemistry). Webcast and podcast at chemistry221.blogspot.com
Curricular Materials Development
- NSF funded Physical Chemistry in Context project
- Resources for Teaching and Learning Physical Chemistry
- "The Survival Guide for Physical Chemistry" M.M. Francl, Preface
- "Introduction to the Use of Numerical Methods in Chemical Kinetics", M.M. Francl, MathSource, Wolfram, Inc, 2000.
- "Introduction to Statistical Mechanics", M.M. Francl, MathSource, Wolfram, Inc, 2000.
Elemental MoThEr. M. M. Francl, in Parenting and Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career, ed. Rachel Hile-Basset, Vanderbilt University Press, June 2005.
Short essays on chemistry and culture: cultureofchemistry.blogspot.com
Short essays on various topics: quantumtheology.blogspot.com