Concordia University

Ashlee J. Howarth, PhD

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office: L-SP 275-23 
Richard J. Renaud Science Complex,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5324


NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship - Northwestern University
PhD - The University of British Columbia
BSc - The University of Western Ontario

Research Interests

Inorganic materials chemistry, Metal–organic frameworks, Porous materials, Adsorbents, Remediation of contaminated water. 

Teaching Activities

Chem 498/640: From Adsorbents to Catalysts: The Chemistry and Application of Porous Materials

This course gives an overview of functional porous materials including porous carbons, porous organic polymers (POPs), zeolites, covalent–organic frameworks (COFs), and metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). Recent literature will be used to highlight potential applications and key advances relevant to each class of porous materials. Topics include: synthetic techniques commonly utilized in the field of porous materials such as de novo methods (solvothermal, mechanochemical, electrochemical), and post-synthetic approaches (metal exchange, ligand exchange); nomenclature and topology; and a brief introduction to various characterization methods including gas adsorption, X-ray crystallography, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.

Selected Publications



Howarth, A. J., Li, P., Farha, O. K., O’Keeffe, M., (2018) Bottom-Up Design and Generation of Complex Structures: A New Twist in Reticular Chemistry. Cryst. Growth Des., 18, 449-455.


Howarth, A. J., Peters, A. W., Vermeulen, N. A., Wang, T. C., Hupp, J. T., Farha, O. K., (2017) Best Practices for the Synthesis, Activation, and Characterization of Metal–Organic Frameworks. Chem. Mater., 29, 26-39. 


Howarth, A. J.,† Liu, Y.,† Li, P., Li, Z., Wang, T. C., Hupp, J. T., Farha, O. K., (2016) Chemical, Thermal and Mechanical Stabilities of Metal–Organic Frameworks. Nat. Rev. Mater., 1, 15018.


Howarth, A. J., Wang, T. C., Hupp, J. T., Farha, O. K., (2015) Efficient Extraction of Sulfate from Water using a Zr-Metal–Organic Framework. Dalton Trans., 45, 93-97.


Howarth, A. J., Liu, Y., Hupp, J. T., Farha, O. K., (2015) Metal–Organic Frameworks for Applications in Remediation of Oxyanion/Cation-Contaminated Water. CrystEngComm., 17, 7245-7253.


Howarth, A. J.,† Katz, M. J.,† Wang, T. C., Platero-Prats, A. E., Chapman, K. W., Hupp, J. T., Farha, O. K., (2015) High Efficiency Adsorption and Removal of Selenate and Selenite from Water using Metal–Organic Frameworks. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 7488–7494.




Howarth, A. J., Davies, D. L., Lelj, F., Wolf, M. O., Patrick, B. O., (2014) Tuning the Emission Lifetime in Bis-Cyclometallated Iridium Complexes Bearing Iminopyrene Ligands. Inorg. Chem., 53, 11882–11889.


Howarth, A. J., Patia, R., Davies, D. L., Lelj, F., Wolf, M. O., Singh, K., (2014) Elucidating the Origin of Enhanced Phosphorescence Emission in the Solid State (EPESS) in Cyclometallated Iridium Complexes. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 23, 3657-3664.

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