2019 April

ACS Award in Surface Chemistry for Hans-Joachim Freund

Wednesday, 24th April 2019Miscellaneous
Hans-Joachim Freund is the first German scientist to receive this prestigious award. We congratulate!

Citation: For seminal contributions to the determination of the surface chemistry of complex systems and to the development of spectroscopies to enable measurement of these properties

Current position: Professor and director of chemical physics, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

Education: BS, MSc, and PhD, chemistry and physics, University of Cologne

Freund on his biggest research challenge: “My biggest research challenge is to capture the important aspects of a real catalytic material within an experimental model approach at the atomic level and develop the necessary experimental tools to reach this goal. Two out of many examples are oxide-supported nanoparticles and the identification of oxide-metal interfacial chemistry as well as providing some conceptual evidence for fundamental phenomena in connection with confined-space reactions.”

What his colleagues say: “An important reason for Hajo’s success is his understanding of the need for collaborative efforts involving people with different backgrounds and skills and his ability to initiate and to foster these collaborations. . . . His insights into the chemical and physical driving forces in surface processes guided the research efforts of a very diverse team to achieve major advances.”—Paul S. Bagus, University of North Texas

Cited from: https://cen.acs.org/people/awards/2019-ACS-National-Award-winners/97/i3