Dr. Freund was born in Gainesville Florida in 1964 and is a citizen of the US and Canada. He received a B. S. Degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in 1987. Dr. Freund received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Florida, one of the top programs in Analytical Chemistry in the United States. Subsequently, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology where his research contributions helped to establish a multi-investigator interdisciplinary research program on the development olfactory-inspired sensor arrays. He then established himself in both the Analytical Chemistry and Material Science fields as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University and as the Director of the Materials Science Center in the Beckman Institute at Caltech respectively where he established and ran independent, externally funded, research programs. He currently holds the position of Professor and Head of Chemistry at the Florida Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manitoba where he was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Conducting Polymers and Electronic Materials. Over the past decade he has led the establishment of major, multi-investigator facilities including: the Manitoba Institute for Materials electron microscopy suite including S/TEM, E-SEM and HR-SEM; the Manitoba Regional Materials and Surface Characterization Facility, including XPS, SIMS, SAM and SPM; as well as the Manitoba Chemical Analysis Laboratory housing modern equipment for research and education. Since he began his scientific pursuit in 1989, Dr. Freund has published over 100 articles, has been issued 28 US and 15 international patents and has given over 60 invited lectures. During his time at the University of Manitoba he has been either lead or co-PI on projects securing approximately 30 million dollars in research funding.