Hans-Joachim Freund, head of the chemical physics department at Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin, will fill the role of plenary speaker on the topic of catalysis. His research deals with catalysis as well as nanoscience and surface science.
In a recent review he argues that there are many fundamental questions in catalysis that surface science can answer, regarding catalyst structure as well as reaction conditions. Current publications include two papers on methanol oxidation on vanadium oxide surfaces that deal with the chemisorption mechanism of substrate molecules and the subsequent structure of the chemisorption site. Other works deal with the interaction between surface structures and metal nanoparticles and single atoms.
Professor Freund was awarded the prestigious Leibnitz award and received a rather impressive list of honorary professorships from german and international universities. In 2009 he became a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, which provides scientific advice to the german Government.