Watercolor by Basil Read

Watercolor by Basil Read (2019).

Ignacio Franco
Leonard Mandel Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor, University of Rochester

Contact Information:

Department of Chemistry,
Hutchinson Hall, Room 454
120 Trustee Road  Rochester, NY 14627


Center for Coherence and Quantum Optics
Center for Molecular Simulation
Materials Science Program

Short CV (pdf)

July 2019 – present
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester

July 2016 – present
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Rochester (secondary appointment)

July 2013-June 2019
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester

Oct. 2011- June 2013
Research Group Leader, Theory Department, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

Jan. 2008 – Sep. 2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry Department, Northwestern University
Advisors: George C. Schatz and Mark A. Ratner

Sep. 2002- Sep. 2007
Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemical Physics, Chemistry Department, University of Toronto
Advisor: Paul Brumer
Thesis: Coherent control of laser-induced symmetry breaking: from fundamentals to applications (pdf)

Sep. 2001-Aug. 2002
Diploma in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste.
Thesis: Conformational dynamics of photoexcited conjugated molecules

Summer 2002/2003
Research Assistant, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Lab.
Advisor: Sergei Tretiak

B.Sc. in Chemistry, National University of Colombia, Bogotá.
Thesis: Atomic contributions to molecular optical activity: an approach through Atoms in Molecules theory (pdf)

Awards and Scholarships

Leonard Mandel Faculty Fellow in Quantum Coherence, University of Rochester, 2019-2021

G. Graydon Curtis (’58) and Jane W. Curtis Provost Teaching Award, University of Rochester, 2019

ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Fall 2017

NSF CAREER 2016-2021

Humboldt Research Fellowship 2012-2014

Lachlan Gilchrist Fellowship in Fundamental Physics, University of Toronto 2006-07

Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06

University of Toronto Fellowship 2002-03 and 2006-07 (teaching reduction)

The F. E. Beamish Prize in Physical Chemistry 2006-07

The Michael J. Dignam Graduate Travel Award 2004-05

Summa cum Laude, Chemistry Department, National University of Colombia 2001

Winner of the 2001-02 Otto de Greiff National Undergraduate Theses Contest, Natural Sciences  Area, October 2002. This distinction is given each year to the best undergraduate thesis in Natural Sciences in Colombia.

Winner of the 2001 Best Dissertation Award, Theoretical Physics Area, National University of Colombia, November 2001. This prize is awarded on a yearly basis to the best undergraduate thesis in Theoretical Physics of the National University of Colombia