Howe, Jane

Jane Howe | BASc (Changsha Institute of Technology), MASc (Alfred University), PhD (Alfred University)
Associate Professor

Joint-appointed with the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

Office: PT 172B
T: TBA
E: jane.howe@utoronto.ca

Research Group: In situ and correlative microscopy group

Bio sketch: Jane Howe is an Associate Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry.  Prior to her new position at UofT, Jane worked as a Senior Applications Scientist with Hitachi High-Technologies group in US and Canada for the past five years.  Jane received her Ph.D. in Ceramic Science from Alfred University in 2001. After a postdoc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jane stayed at ORNL as a Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator until 2012.  She has over 100 publications on peer-reviewed journals and holds nine US patents on electron microscopy and materials characterization and development.  She won two R&D 100 Awards in research and development of the lithium battery technology and nano-structured carbon materials.  Jane’s current research interest is in situ and correlative microscopy techniques.


Honours & Awards

2017     Hitachi High-Technologies America Inc. President’s Gold Achievement Award

2014     Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer by the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) of United States

2013     R&D 100 Award (Nanocomposite Separator for Improved Lithium Ion Battery)

2010     R&D 100 Award (Development of the lithium sulfur cathode materials for rechargeable battery applications)

2008     Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Significant Events Award

2006     Outstanding Mentor, Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education

Research Areas

  • In situ electron microscopy – characterization and property measurements of novel materials and nano-devices, and their real-time evolution during processing and operation
  • Synthesis, property-structure relationship of new energy materials

Select Patents & Publications

Cao, S. Mukherjee, J.Y. Howe, D. Perovic, C.V. Singh, Y. Sun, and T. Filleter. Nonlinear fracture toughness measurement and crack propagation resistance of functionalized graphene multilayers, Science Advances, 4(4) eaao7202, 2018, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao7202

M.S. Thompson, T.J. Zega, J.Y. Howe, In situ experimental formation and growth of Fe nanoparticles and vesicles in lunar soil, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 52(3), 413, 2017.  DOI: 10.1111/maps.12798

J.Y. Howe, L.F. Allard, W. Bigelow, H. Demers, S.H. Overbury. Understand Catalyst Behavior During In Situ Heating Through Simultaneous Secondary And Transmitted Electron Imaging, Nano Research Letters, 9:614, 2014

J.Y. Howe, D.J. Burton, H.M. Meyer, M. Nazri, G.A. Nazri, A.C. Palmer, P.D. Lake, and Yue Qi, Improved Microstructure of Silicon/Carbon Nanofiber Composites as High-Performance Li Battery Anode, Journal of Power Source 221, 455-461, 2013.