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Albert Fratini

Professor Emeritus


College of Arts and Sciences: Chemistry


Email: Albert Fratini
Phone: 937-229-5841
SC 284
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  • Post Doctoral, National Academy of Science-Naval Research Laboratory, 1965-67
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1965
  • B.S., University of Rhode Island, 1960


Dr. Fratini joined the Chemistry Department in 1967 after spending two years in post-doctoral research at the National Academy of Science-Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He was chairperson of the chemistry department from 1992 to 1999. Over the years, he has advised over 130 chemistry majors, participated on various university committees and served 3 years as the university marshal for graduation. His most recent sabbatical was spent at Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals' state-of-the-art Health Care Research Center in Mason, Ohio.

Research Interests

X-Ray diffraction methods applied to solution of macromolecular structures; protein crystal growth and protein crystallography; structure and morphology of crystalline and semi-crystalline polymers, computational and molecular modeling, DNA structure.

Selected Publications


Yeates, A.T.; Dudis, D.S.; Resch, T.; Fratini, A.V. "Benzthiazole and Thiophene Capped Polyenes for Nonlinear Optical Applications: Single Crystal, Semi-empirical and Ab Initio Results." Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1992, 247, 259-264.

Baker, K.N.; Fratini, A.V.; Resch, T.; Knachel, H.C.; Adams, W.W.; Socci, E.P.; Farmer, B.L. "Crystal Structures, Phase Transitions and Energy Calculations of Poly(p-Phenylene) Oligomers." Polymer 1993, 34, 1571-1587.

Song, H.H.; Fratini, A.V.; Chabinyc, M.; Price, G.E.; Agrawal, A.K.; Wang, C.-S.; Burkett, J.; Dudis, D.S.; Arnold, F.E. "Crystal Structure and Thin Film Morphology of BBL Ladder Polymer." Synthetic Metals 1995, 69, 533-535.

Rivera-Nevares, J.A.; Wyman, J.F.; von Minden, D.L.; Lacy, N.; Chabinyc, M.L.; Fratini, A.V.; Macys, D.A. "Facile Synthesis and Physical and Spectral Characterization of 2,6-Di-tert-Butyl-4-Nitrophenol(DBNP): A Potentially Powerful Uncoupler of Oxidative Phosphorylation." Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 1995, 14, 251-256.

Socci, E.P.; Farmer, B.L.; Chabinyc, M.L.; Fratini, A.V.; Bunning T.J.; Adams, W.W. "Cholesteryl 4-Vinylbenzoate." Acta Cryst. 1995, C51, 888-891.

Fratini, A.V.; Chabinyc, M.L.; Perko, T.J.; Adams, W.W. "Syn and Anti Isomers of [2.2]Paracyclonaphthane." Acta Cryst. 1995, C51, 904-908.

Chabinyc, M.L.; Fratini, A.V.; Socci, E.P.; Farmer, B.L.; Bunning, T.J.; Adams, W.W. "Cholesteryl-4-(8-Octenyloxy)benzoate." Acta Cryst. 1995, C51, 1444-1447.

Gates, P.N.; Knachel, H.C.; Finch, A.; Fratini, A.V.; Fitch, A.N.; Nardone, O.; Otto, J.C; Snider, D.A. "Single-crystal and High-resolution X-Ray Diffraction Studies and Raman Spectrum of a Phosphorus(V) Chloride Complex containing a Single Bromide Ion, P3Cl14Br." J. Chem. Soc. 1995, Dalton Trans., 2719-2722.

Trohalaki, S.; Chabinyc, M.L.; Resch, T.J.; Fratini, A.V.; Vance, T.A.; Arnold, F.E.; Dudis, D.S. "Effects of Methyl Substitution on the Structure and Rotational Barrier in the Rigid-Rod Polymer Poly(p-phenylenebenzobisthiazole)." Chem. Mater. 1996, 8, 714-720.

Tomlin, D.W.; Bunning, T.J.; Price, G.E.; Fratini, A.V.; Adams, W.W. "1-(4-Nitrophenyl)-4-Piperidinol." Acta Cryst. 1996, C52, 1000-1002.

McFarland, A.D.; Fratini, A.V.; Dudis, D.S. "Polythiophene Dications: Polarons and Bipolarons." Polym. Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 1998, 39, 655-656.

Tomlin, D.W.; Fratini, A.V.; Hunsaker, M.; Adams, W.W. "The Role of Hydrogen Bonding in Rigid Rod Polymers: The Crystal Structure of Polybenzobisimidazole Model Compound." Polymer 2000, 41, 9003-9010.


Co-Investigator with Dr. Kevin Church, High Field NMR Service Contract From Materials Directorate, WPAFB, 1991-present