Joel R. Fried, Professor and Chair, University of Louisville

Dr. Joel R. Fried is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering. He has been an instructor with the American Chemical Society since 2008.

Dr. Fried’s recent research activities have focused primarily on the transport of ions and small molecules in polymeric, biological, and biomimetic membranes.

His areas of interest are:

  • Polymer science and engineering
  • Polymer blends and composites
  • Transport in polymeric and biomimetic systems
  • Polymer thermodynamics
  • Applications of computational chemistry
  • Molecular simulations to the membrane transport of protons, ions, water, and other small molecules.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Fried was Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Florida State, Professor and Wright Brothers Endowed Chair in Nanomaterials at the University of Dayton, and Professor and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and a Dual Professor of Genome Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He served as Director of the Polymer Research Center and was PI of an NSF-IGERT program on Biomedical Applications of Membrane Science and Technology.

While at UC, Professor Fried mentored over 60 M.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral students and secured over $15 million in externally-funded grant support. He continues to be associated with UC as Professor Emeritus and Fellow of the Graduate School.

Dr. Fried has authored approximately 150 publications, including the textbooks Polymer Science and Technology, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Simulations, and Advanced Thermodynamics for Engineers. He co-authored John Paul Flory: A Life of Science with Gary Patterson (Carnegie Mellon), James Mark (Cincinnati), and Do Yoon (Stanford).

Dr. Fried has served as Editor, Associate Editor, or a member of the editorial boards of several journals, including Polymer, the Journal of Polymer Engineering, Computational and Theoretical Polymer Science, The NAMS Quarterly, and Polymer Contents.

Professor Fried received B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemical Engineering and an M.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from RPI. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering from UMASS (Amherst).

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