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.

Dr. Frommer 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 demonstrated the capability of identification and manipulation of organic molecules by scanning tunneling microscopy.  At the University of Basel she expanded the demonstration to include 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, information storage, polymers, magnetics and biological nanostructures.

Dr. Frommer has written seminal review and encyclopedia articles, published over one hundred refereed scientific articles, and founded the reference Procedures in Scanning Probe Microscopies.  She holds several dozen patents. In the scientific community she serves in numerous capacities for the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and scientific journal boards. In 2015 she was made a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and in 2017 she received the ACS National 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.  She has spent extended periods of time on college campuses teaching and co-advising students in Brazil, Japan, France, Switzerland, and the US. 

Dr. Frommer has created and overseen internship programs at IBM for promising students extending to universities in Brazil to community colleges in California's Central Valley. For decades, she has mentored and fostered the careers of young scientists and is locally active in science outreach in underserved high schools and community organizations.