Chemistry Building, Room 286
​Dept. of Chemistry at UVA
P.O. Box 400319
Charlottesville, VA 22904
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Professor Cassandra L Fraser from University of Virginia joined the editorial board of Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2016. She specializes in responsive materials for imaging, sensing and detection, specifically oxygen sensing biomaterials, mechanochromic luminescence materials and polymeric metal complexes.

Cassandra Fraser holds degrees from Kalamazoo College (BA 1984), Harvard Divinity School (MTS 1988) and The University of Chicago (PhD 1993, advisor: Brice Bosnich). She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow with Robert Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology (1993-5). Fraser is current a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia, with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering and the School of Architecture.

At UVA, she was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, an NSF CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and young professor awards from Dupont and 3M. Her teaching and mentoring accolades include the Cavaliers Distinguished Teaching Professorship and induction into the University Teaching Academy.


​B.A. Kalamazoo College, 1984

M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, 1988

Ph.D. The University of Chicago, 1993

N.I.H. Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1993-1995

"The Fraser group conducts interdisciplinary research exploring the interactions between synthetic materials and their surroundings."

Cassandra L. Fraser, Professor of Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Materials and Advanced Manufacturing for Biological Applications
Drug Delivery

Selected Publications

Aromatic difluoroboron β-diketonate complexes: effects of π-conjugation and media on optical properties. Inorg Chem. 52:3597-610 (2013). XU S, Evans RE, LIU T, Zhang G, Demas JN, Trindle Co, Fraser CL.
Laser phosphoroscope and applications to room-temperature phosphorescence. Appl Spectrosc. 65:1321-4 (2011). Payne SJ, Zhang G, Demas JN, Fraser CL, Degraff BA
An easy method to monitor lactide polymerization with a boron fluorescent probe. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2, 3069-74 (2010). Zhang G, XU S, Zestos AG, Evans Re, Lu J, Fraser CL.
Stereocomplexed Poly(lactic acid)-Poly(ethylene glycol) Nanoparticles with Dual-Emissive Boron Dyes for Tumor Accumulation. ACS Nano. 4:4989- 4996(2010). Kersey FR, Zhang G, Palmer GM, Dewhirst MW, Fraser CL.
Inorg Chem. in press (2010). Zhang G, Lu J, Fraser CL.

Courses Taught

CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2420 Organic Chemistry II


Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award 2017
Award for Excellence in Teaching 2017
Elected as AAAS Fellow 2015
Inaugural Member of the University Academy of Teaching 2011

Featured Grants & Projects

Fraser group projects The Fraser group and our extensive collaborative network conduct interdisciplinary research exploring the interactions between synthetic materials and their surroundings. In the laboratory we design and synthesize new materials with distinctive properties. We tailor these systems to address fundamental questions in science and adapt them for specific practical applications. Consideration of environmental and other societal dimensions of the materials fabrication process are also important to us, both intellectually and in the research enterprise in our laboratory. We adopt a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach, encourage cooperative learning and initiative, and tailor educational and research programs to suit the interests and goals of group members.