Kristen Frano

Chemistry M.S. Candidate

email: [[e|kafrano]]

Faculty Advisor

Kristin Wustholz

Research Interests

Application of SERS in the analysis of artwork.


B.S. Cum Laude 2012, Saint Anselm College
Major: Chemistry; Minor: Spanish


Saint Anselm Honors College Member 2008 - 2012
Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society) 2012
Graduate Studies Advisory Board Diversity Fellowship, W&M 2013 -2015

Academic Positions

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Saint Anselm College Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant, W&M Summer 2013 - present

Publications and Presentations

Frano, Kristen A.; Mayhew, Hannah E.; Svoboda, Shelley; Wustholz, Kristin “Combined SERS and Raman Analysis for the Identification of Red Pigments in Cross-Sections from Historic Oil Paintings” Analyst, 2014, DOI:10.1039/C4AN01581A.

Mayhew, Hannah E.; Frano, Kristen A.; Svoboda, Shelley A.; Wustholz, Kristin L. “Using Raman Spectroscopy and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering to Identify Colorants in Art: An Experiment for an Upper-Division Chemistry Laboratory” J. Chem. Ed. 2014, DOI:10.1021/ed5002637.

Frano, Kristen A., Mayhew, Hannah E.; Svoboda, Shelley A.; Wustholz, Kristin L. "Direct Detection of Red Lake Pigments in Cross-section Samples from Historic Oil Paintings Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)" 2014 Gordon Research Conference for Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research, Newry, ME; July, 2014.

Frano, Kristen A. & Donais, Mary Kate "Characterization of Ancient Roman Bronze Coins via Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy" Society for Applied Spectroscopy (New England Section), Manchester, NH, May 2012.

Education and Career Objectives

Find work as a conservation scientist in an art museum and possibly obtain a PhD in Chemistry.