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Heinz Frei

chemist: Biosciences

Media contact: Lynn Yarris,, 510-486-5375


Heinz Frei is a Senior Scientist at LBNL with expertise in solar photochemistry. He has established new methods for utilizing visible and near infrared light for environmentally friendly synthesis of everyday chemicals, and for the chemical storage of solar photons. Currently, his research effort focuses on the scientific challenges of the direct conversion of carbon dioxide and water to a liquid fuel by artificial photosynthesis.


Recent Publications

H. Frei.  Selective Hydrocarbon Oxidation in Zeolites (Perspective Article).  Science 313, 309-310 (2006).

R. Nakamura and H. Frei.  Visible Light-Driven Water Oxidation by Ir oxide Clusters Coupled to Single Cr Centers in Mesoporous Silica.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 128, 10668-10669 (2006).

L.K. Andersen and H. Frei.  Dynamics of CO in Mesoporous Silica Monitored by Time-Resolved Step-Scan and Rapid-Scan FT-IR Spectroscopy.  J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 22601-22607 (2006).

W.A. Wasylenko and H. Frei.  Direct Observation of the Kinetically Relevant Site of CO Hydrogenation on Supported Ru Catalyst at 700 K by Time-Resolved FT-IR Spectroscopy.  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 9, 5497-5502 (2007).

W.A. Wasylenko and H. Frei.  Dynamics of Propane in Silica Mesopores Formed upon Propylene Hydrogenation over Pt Nanoparticles by Time-Resolved FT-IR Spectroscopy.  J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 9884-9890 (2007).

G. Mul, W.A. Wasylenko, and H. Frei.  Cyclohexene Photooxidation over Vanadia Catalyst Analyzed by Time-Resolved ATR-FT-IR Spectroscopy.  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 10, 3131-3137 (2008).

H. Han and H. Frei.  Controlled Assembly of Hetero-binuclear Sites on Mesoporous Silica: Visible Light Charge-Transfer Units with Selectable Redox Properties. J. Phys. Chem. C 112, 8391-8399 (2008).

W. Weare, Y. Pushkar, V. Yachandra, and H. Frei.  Visible Light-Induced Electron Transfer from Di-u-oxo Bridged Dinuclear Mn Complexes to Cr Centers in Silica Nanopore. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 11355-11363 (2008).

H. Han and H. Frei.  In-Situ Spectroscopy of Water Oxidation at Ir Oxide Nanocluster Driven by Visible TiOCr Charge-Transfer Chromophore in Mesoporous Silica. J. Phys. Chem. C 112, 16156-16159 (2008).

F. Jiao and H. Frei. Nanostructured Cobalt Oxide Clusters in Mesoporous Silica as Efficient Oxygen-Evolving Catalysts. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48, 1841-1842 (2009).


In the News


Heinz Frei studied chemistry at ETH Zürich and received his doctorate degree
at ETH in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry in 1977 (Prof. H. H. Gunthard).
After a postdoctoral stay at the Chemistry Department of the University of California
at Berkeley, he started a research group in solar photochemistry at LBNL.

last updated: 2017-08-04 10:41:32