Pushing the Frontier of Energy Research

April 22, 2020
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In her Energy Frontier Research Center, Professor Cynthia Friend explores climate change solutions, forges interdisciplinary partnerships, and trains a new generation of innovators

Department Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Cynthia Friend, the first woman to earn tenure in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard, and the department's first female Chair, is working on greening the worldwide chemical industry. She designs new catalysts—used to speed up chemical processes and make them more efficient—and leads an interdisciplinary team of scientists in an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), launched in 2014. Recently, we spoke to Friend and Dr. Jeffrey Miller, the EFRC Research Program Director, about the Center's mission, climate change, and why it's important for researchers to work with industry.

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