Dr. Michael Freund

Dr. Freund has more than ten years of experience with major multi-investigator institutes in Canada and the United States. He helped establish the Manitoba Institute for Materials and served as Director during its building, bringing together facilities including a new electron microscopy suite and surface characterization instrumentation. He has also served as the Director of the Molecular Materials Center in the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology where he established and ran independent, externally funded, research programs.

Dr. Freund received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Florida.  He followed this with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and subsequently moved on to appointments as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University and later at Beckman Institute at Caltech. In 2002 he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manitoba; he held both a Tier 2 and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Conducting Polymers and Electronic Materials.

Dr. Freund’s work has been recognized by his peers as well as the scientific and popular press.  His potential as an emerging leader in his field has been recognized through invitations to participate in special journal editions devoted to emerging investigators and future leaders in Analytical Chemistry.  He has served as a Member of the Royal Society’s Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences (2006-2012) and co-Chair of NSERC’s DG selection committee (2009-2011).

Since 1989, Dr. Freund has published over 100 articles, has been issued 27 US patents and has given 50 invited lectures.  In addition, he has been involved in several research projects that have led to innovative discoveries and therefore have had a major impact in both the chemistry and the broader scientific community.  These include: the development of one of the first chemically-diverse conducting polymer-based sensor arrays modeled after the mammalian olfactory system; the development of conducting polymer-based saccharide sensors; the development of novel organic/inorganic composites for electronic memory applications; and the introduction of new membranes for artificial photosynthetic conversion.