Marion A Franks

Associate Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Science and Technology


New Science Building 340
Ph.D.Chemistry / Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S.Chemistry / Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S.Chemistry / Clark Atlanta University


Marion A. Franks was born in Atlanta, GA. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (B.S. Chemistry, Atlanta, GA) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Ph.D. Chemistry, Blacksburg, VA). He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry working for Eastman Chemical Company at Wake Forest University and completed an NIH training grant at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the field of Cancer Biology. Dr. Franks joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina A & T State University Chemistry Department in August 2004 and is presently an Associate professor. Dr. Franks’

Research Interests

1. The synthesis of boronic acid derivatives for use as cancer chemopreventives. a. The synthesis of stilbenes, chalcones, coumarins, gallates, and other Michael acceptors and their transformation to boronic acids and esters. 2. The extraction and derivatization of natural products for use as cancer chemopreventives.

Recent Publications

  • Marion Franks (2015). (MEROLA, J. S. & FRANKS, M. A. 2015. Crystal structures of fac-trichloridotris(trimethylphosphane-[kappa]P)rhodium(III) monohydrate and fac-trichloridotris(trimethylphosphane-[kappa]P)rhodium(III) methanol hemisolvate: rhodium structures that are isotypic with their iridium analogs.). In S. Parkin, 71, pp. 226-230. Acta Crystallographica Section E.
  • Davia Mckoy, Marion Franks, Zerihun Assefa (2014). ((E)-3-(4-(heptyloxy)phenyl)-1-phenylprop-2-en-1-one). E70, pp. o163-o164. Acta Crystallographica E.
  • Marion Franks (2013). (Synthesis, reactivity and crystal structures of various solvates of fac-tris(trimethylphosphine)trichloroiridium). (30) 54, pp. 67-73. Polyhedron/Elsevier.
  • Marion Franks (2013). (The basicity of [tris-(trimethylphosphine)(cyclooctadiene)iridium(I)]). 723, pp. 49-55. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry/ Elsevier.
  • Marion Franks (2010). (: Diels—Alder Reactions of Epoxybutene Derivatives and Subsequent Synthetic Manipulations of the Cycloadducts.). (10) 33, ChemInform.
  • Marion Franks (2005). (Oxathiolene Oxide Synthesis Via Chelation Controlled Addition of Organometallic Reagents to Alkynols Followed by Addition of Sulfur Electrophiles and Evaluation of Oxathiolene Oxides as Anticarcinogenic Enzyme Inducers.). (6) 13, pp. 2221-2232. Journal of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry/Elselvier.
  • Marion Franks, Mark Welker, John Hyatt (2001). (Diels−Alder Reactions of Epoxybutene Derivatives and Subsequent Synthetic Manipulations of the Cycloadducts). (5) 5, pp. 514-518. Organic Process and Research Development.