Cynthia Friend

Cynthia Friend

  • Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science
  • Director of Rowland Institute & Director EFRC-IMASC
  • Participant, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
  • Participant, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
  • Faculty Associate, Harvard University Center for the Environment


Professor Cynthia Friend is a Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at Harvard University. She obtained a B.S. degree in chemistry at the University of California at Davis, and continued her studies to obtain a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. She then did her postdoctoral work at Stanford University, and shortly after began at Harvard University.

The research in the Friend group is motivated by an interest in several technologies, including heterogeneous catalysis, nanostructure growth, environmental chemistry, laser-assisted materials processing, and chemical sensor technology.

Contact Information

Office:Mallinckrodt 018
Office Phone:(617) 495-4052
Office Fax(617) 496-8410
Lab Name:Friend Lab
Lab Location:MB22 Mallinckrodt
Lab Phone:(617) 495-3331

Positions & Employment

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Present: Professor of Materials Science

Harvard Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

  • Present: Theodore Williams Richards Professor of Chemistry