Staff profile - Patrick Howlett

Aprof Patrick Howlett

Position: Associate Professor (Research)
Faculty or Division: GTP Research
Department: Institute for Frontier Materials
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92445107 +61 3 92445107



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science, Curtin University, 1994

Career highlights

Senior Lecturer (2010-) ITRI Burwood, Deakin University
Senior research Fellow (2007-2010), Department of Materials Engineering
Research Fellow (2004-2006), School of Chemistry, Monash University.
Visiting Scientist (2004-) CSIRO Energy Technology, Clayton.
Experimental Scientist (1998-2000) CSIRO Energy Technology, Clayton


Research interests

Dr Howlett's research seeks to apply novel materials science principles, design and methodology to the development of new electromaterials. This mainly relates to electrochemical devices (e.g., batteries) and surface engineering through the manipulation of passivity for application in corrosion engineering. The materials focus of Dr Howlett's research includes ionic liquid and plastic crystal electrolytes as well as a specific focus on the corrosion and electrochemical properties of reactive metals such as lithium and magnesium. His work also includes the use and development of advanced surface characterisation techniques including synchrotron based sources. Dr Howlett has collaborated successfully with colleagues within academia, CSIRO and industry. He has authored over 30 publications and 2 patents, which have been cited more than 600 times.

Research page



P. C. Howlett, D.R. MacFarlane and A.F. Hollenkamp, High lithium metal cycling efficiency in a room temperature ionic liquid, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 7, p. A97, 2004. ERA=A, 2009 IF 2.149.
P. C. Howlett, N. Brack, A. F. Hollenkamp, M. Forsyth and D. R. MacFarlane, Characterisation of the Lithium Surface in N-Methyl-N-alkylpyrrolidinium Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid Electrolytes, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 153 (3), p. A595, 2006. ERA=A, 2009 IF 2.666.
P. C. Howlett, E. I. Izgorodina, M. Forsyth and D. R. MacFarlane, Electrochemistry at negative potentials in bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide ionic liquids, Zeitschrift f?r Physikalische Chemie, 220, p. 1483, 2006. ERA=B, 2009 IF 1.260.
C. Tiyapiboonchaiya, J. M. Pringle, J. Sun, N. Byrne, P. C. Howlett, D. R. MacFarlane and M. Forsyth, The Zwitterion Effect in High Conductivity Polyelectrolyte Materials, Nature Materials, 3, p. 29, 2004. ERA=A, 2009 IF 28.507.
N. Byrne, P. C. Howlett, D.R. MacFarlane and M. Forsyth, The zwitterion effect in ionic liquids: Towards practical rechargeable lithium-metal batteries, Advanced Materials, 17, p. 2497, 2005 ERA=A*, 2009 IF 9.836.
M. Forsyth, P. C. Howlett, S. K. Tan, D. R. MacFarlane and N. Birbilis, An ionic liquid surface treatment for corrosion protection of magnesium alloy AZ31, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 9 (11), p. B52, 2006. ERA=A, 2009 IF 2.149.
P. C. Howlett, D. R. MacFarlane and A. F. Hollenkamp, A sealed optical cell for the study of the lithium electrode | electrolyte interface, J. Power Sources, 114(2), p. 177, 2003. ERA=A, 2009 IF 4.240.
W. C. Neil, M. Forsyth, P. C. Howlett, C. R. Hutchinson and B. R. W. Hinton, Corrosion of magnesium alloy ZE41 - The role of microstructural features, Corrosion Science, 51 (2), p. 387, 2009. ERA=A*, 2009 IF 2.781.
J. M. Pringle, J. Efthimiadis, P. C. Howlett, J. Efthimiadis, D. R. MacFarlane, A. B. Chaplin, S. B. Hall, D. L. Officer, G. G. Wallace and M. Forsyth, Electrochemical synthesis of polypyrrole in ionic liquids, Polymer, 45 (5), p. 1447, 2004. ERA=A 2009 IF 3.710.
D. R. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth, P. C. Howlett, J. M. Pringle, J. Sun, G. Annat, W. Neil and E. I. Izgorodina, Ionic Liquids in Electrochemical Devices and Processes: Managing Interfacial Electrochemistry, Accounts of Chemical Research, 40, pp. 1165, 2007. ERA=A*, 2009 IF 18.439.

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