Professor Hans-Joachim Freund, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany, has been awarded the Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis, sponsored by Haldor Topsøe, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, and administered by the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS). The prize recognizes individual contributions to the elucidation of the mechanisms and active sites involved in catalytic phenomena and to the development of new methods or concepts that advance the understanding and the practice of heterogeneous catalysis.
Freund is honored for his experimental advances in understanding elementary steps of reactions on catalytic surfaces and for his studies bridging relevant catalysis and surface reactions at single crystal surfaces through the use of novel model catalysts with well-controlled structural features. The award was presented at the 24th North American Meeting (NAM) of the Catalysis Society in Pittsburgh, PA, USA and will be featured at Europacat XII in Kazan, Russia, in August 2015.
Hans-Joachim Freund studied chemistry and physics at the University of Cologne, Germany. He received his Ph.D. there in 1978 for work under the supervision of Georg Hohlneicher and completed his habilitation in 1983. Freund was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Erlangen, Germany, in 1983, and Professor for Physical Chemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, in 1987. Freund has been Director and Scientific Member of the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany, since 1996. 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, Professor Freund has been awarded the Bunsen Medal by the Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für physikalische Chemie e.V. (DBG) in 2015, the Leibniz Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) in 1995, the Gabor A. Somorjai Award of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for Creative Research in Catalysis in 2007, and the Karl Ziegler Award of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) and the Karl Ziegler Foundation in 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK, a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, a member of the International Advisory Board of ChemCatChem, Editorial Board Member of ChemPhysChem, and a member of the GDCh/Wiley-VCH Verlagsbeirat (Publishing Advisory Board).
Professor Freund’s research interests include physics and chemistry of solid surfaces, structure and dynamics of oxide surfaces, model systems for heterogeneous catalysis, as well as nanostructures and clusters.
Selected Publications by Hans-Joachim Freund
- Growth of Fe3O4(001) thin films on Pt(100): Tuning surface termination with an Fe buffer layer,
Earl M. Davis, Ke Zhang, Yi Cui, Helmut Kuhlenbeck, Shamil Shaikhutdinov, Hans-Joachim Freund,
Surf. Sci. 2015, 636, 42–46.
- Formation of Water Chains on CaO(001): What Drives the 1D Growth?,
Xunhua Zhao, Xiang Shao, Yuichi Fujimori, Saswata Bhattacharya, Luca M. Ghiringhelli, Hans-Joachim Freund, Martin Sterrer, Niklas Nilius, Sergey V. Levchenko,
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6, 1204–1208.
- Lehrbuch der Physikalischen Chemie (in German),
Gerd Wedler, Hans-Joachim Freund,
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2012.
- Crossover from Three-Dimensional to Two-Dimensional Geometries of Au Nanostructures on Thin MgO(001) Films: A Confirmation of Theoretical Predictions,
Martin Sterrer, Thomas Risse, Markus Heyde, Hans-Peter Rust, Hans-Joachim Freund,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 2007.
- Metal-supported ultrathin oxide film systems as designable catalysts and catalyst supports,
Surf. Sci. 2007, 601, 1438–1442.
- Nature of active sites in Ni2P hydrotreating catalysts as probed by iron substitution,
Haiyan Zhao, S. Ted Oyama, Hans-Joachim Freund, Radosław Włodarczyk, Marek Sierka,
Appl. Catal. B 2015, 164, 204–216.
- Photochemistry on Metal Nanoparticles,
Kazuo Watanabe, Dietrich Menzel, Niklas Nilius, Hans-Joachim Freund,
Chem. Rev. 2006, 106, 4301–4320.
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ChemViews Magazine 2015.
Hans-Joachim Freund, Director of the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany, honored by the Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für physikalische Chemie e.V. (DBG, German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry)
- H.-J. Freund Receives Karl-Ziegler-Award,
ChemViews Magazine 2011.
Hans-Joachim Freund, director of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany, has been awarded the Karl Ziegler Prize