70th Birthday: Hans-Joachim Freund

70th Birthday: Hans-Joachim Freund

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Professor Emeritus Hans-Joachim Freund, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany, celebrates his 70th birthday on March 4, 2021. Freund’s research interests include the physics and chemistry of solid surfaces, the structure and dynamics of oxide surfaces, model systems for heterogeneous catalysis, as well as nanostructures and clusters.

Hans-Joachim Freund
was born on March 4, 1951, in Solingen, Germany. He studied chemistry and physics at the University of Cologne, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. in 1978 for work under the supervision of Georg Hohlneicher. From 1979 to 1981, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. Freund then returned to Cologne, where he completed his habilitation in 1983. He was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Erlangen, Germany, in 1983, and Professor for Physical Chemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, in 1987. Starting in 1996, Freund served as Director and Scientific Member at the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany. He has been involved in founding the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat), Berlin, Germany, and has also been a founding member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).

Among many other honors, Freund has been awarded the ACS Award in Surface Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2019, the Bunsen Medal from the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG) in 2015, the Karl Ziegler Award from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) and the Karl Ziegler Foundation in 2011, the Gabor A. Somorjai Award of the ACS for Creative Research in Catalysis in 2007, and the Leibniz Award from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1995. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP), UK, and a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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