Jane Frommer  Jane Frommer photo       

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Research Scientist, Senior Technical Staff Member
IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA



Jane Frommer is a researcher at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California.

She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Tufts University with biochemical research projects at MIT and Mass General Hospital. After receiving a Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from Caltech, she joined the nascent field of electronically conducting polymers at the Allied Corporation (now Honeywell) where she pioneered the solution state of electronic conductors [DOI: 10.1021/ar00121a001].

Her early involvement in scanning probe microscopies at IBM Research and at the University of Basel demonstrated the capabilities of identification and manipulation of organic molecules by scanning tunneling microscopy as well as chemical species differentiation by atomic force microscopy [DOI: 10.1002/anie.199212981] .  Current activity in her scanning probe lab at IBM Research revolves around a variety of academic and industrial programs in materials research including lithography, 3D nanoprinting, storage, polymers, magnetics and biological nanostructures.

Dr. Frommer has written several seminal review and encyclopedia articles, published over one hundred refereed scientific articles, was the founding editor of Procedures in Scanning Probe Microscopies, and holds several dozen patents. In the scientific community she serves in various capacities for the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and a number of scientific journals. In 2015 she was made a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and in 2017 she received the ACS Industrial Chemist Award.   In 2016 she held the role of Chair of the Silicon Valley ACS. 

Collaboration with academia has been a constant in her career.  She has been a co-PI on several multi-lab centers including a Moore Foundation-funded 3D Nanoprinting project with UC Davis and an NSF Materials Research Center on Polymeric Interfaces with Stanford. Her lab has hosted post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students, and she has spent extended periods of time on college campuses teaching and co-advising students.  She has established research internship programs at IBM, extending from universities in Brazil to community colleges in California's central valley.  She is a research and professional mentor to numerous young scientists and is active locally in science outreach in schools and community organizations.