Dr. Adam Freedman

Post Doctoral Associate

Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room: E18-524
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

Phone: (617) 258-8037
Email: freedman@mit.edu


Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2016
M.S., Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, 2007
B.S., Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, 2006

Research Interests

I’m interested in renewable energy generation and green retrofitting of industrial processes by engineering novel microbiological approaches to the reuse of waste products, especially carbon dioxide.

Research Description

My research takes a bioprospecting approach, wherein I characterize the taxonomic and metagenomic content of microbial communities in unique natural environments and then isolate and develop strains from these communities to produce high value compounds by native and engineered metabolic pathways.


Nshimyimana J.P., Freedman, A. J. E., Shanahan, P., Chua, L.C.H., Thompson, J. R. (2017). Variation of Bacterial Communities with Water Quality in an Urban Tropical Catchment. Environmental Science & Technology, In Press, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b04737

Freedman, A. J. E., Tan, B. F., Thompson, J. R. (2017). Microbial potential for carbon and nutrient cycling in a geogenic supercritical carbon dioxide reservoir. Environmental Microbiology, In Press, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13706

Peet, K. C., Freedman, A. J. E., Hernandez, H. H., Britto, V., Boreham, C., Ajo-Franklin, J. B., & Thompson, J. R. (2015). Microbial growth under supercritical CO2. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81(8), 2881-2892. doi: 10.1128/AEM.03162-14.

Freedman, A. J. E., Bird, D. K., Arnórsson, S., Fridriksson, T., Elders, W. A., & Fridleifsson, G. Ó. (2009). Hydrothermal minerals record CO2 partial pressures in the Reykjanes geothermal system, Iceland. American Journal of Science, 309(9), 788-833. doi: 10.2475/09.2009.02