Brian Frederick

Professor, Chemistry Department
University of Maine
257 ESRB/Barrows Hall & 255 Aubert
Orono, ME 04469



  • Professor, Chemistry Department
  • Associate Professor, Chemistry Department
  • Graduate Coordinator, Chemistry Department (until 9/2019)
  • Cooperating Faculty Member, FIRST (Frontier Institute for Research In Sensor Technologies)


  • Ph.D., 1991, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.S., 1987, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.S., 1984, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA

Courses Taught:

  • Physical Chemistry I (CHY 471)
  • Physical Chemistry II (CHY 472)
  • Physical Chemistry III (CHY 475)
  • Undergraduate Seminar in Chemistry (CHY 393)
  • Advanced Integrated Laboratory (CHY 491)
  • Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics (CHY 572)
  • Principles of Quantum Chemistry (CHY 575)

Research Interests:  The group develops hydrodeoxygenation catalysts that will produce fuels and valuable chemicals from woody biomass. They utilize a variety of experimental and theoretical methods, including in-situ spectroscopic and high pressure catalyst characterization methods, surface science techniques, quantum chemical calculations and statistical simulations. The research group is very multi-disciplinary, spanning physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering.