B.A. Kalamazoo College, 1984M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, 1988Ph.D. The University of Chicago, 1993N.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
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.
Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award2017
Award for Excellence in Teaching2017
Elected as AAAS Fellow2015
Inaugural Member of the University Academy of Teaching2011
Materials and Advanced Manufacturing for Biological Applications
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.
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.