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Michelle Francl

Michelle M. Francl is an American chemist. Francl is a professor of chemistry, and has taught physical chemistry, general chemistry and mathematical modeling at Bryn Mawr College since 1986.

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Francl is noted for developing new methodology in computational chemistry, including the 6-31G* basis set for Na to Ar and electrostatic potential charges.

On a list of the 1000 most cited chemists,[1] Francl is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling, active in the American Chemical Society and the author of The Survival Guide for Physical Chemistry. In 1994, she won the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for excellence in teaching.[citation needed]

Francl's podcast, "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics," broke into the iTunes Top 100 in October 2005.[2]

Francl received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in 1983.



  • Francl, Michelle (January 2002). Survival Guide for Physical Chemistry. Lakeville, MN: Physics Curriculum & Instruction, Inc.. ISBN 0971313407 2007-07-24. 


  • 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, [[Journal of Physical Chemistry A|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 J. Chem. Ed., 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, Int. J. Quant. Chem., 95, 806-809 (2003).
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