Professor Jacqueline Cole

Jacqueline Cole is Head of Molecular Engineering at the University of Cambridge. This is a joint initiative between the Cavendish Laboratory (Physics Department) and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. She concurrently holds the 1851 Royal Commission 2014 Fellowship in Design, where she is engaged in the innovation of solar-powered 'smart windows' to power sustainable future cities. She is 50% seconded to the UK neutron facility (ISIS) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Oxfordshire, where she runs joint Cambridge-RAL programs with some of her research group in the areas of data science (in collaboration with the Scientific Computing Department, RAL) and via experimental studies to reveal structure at buried interfaces for photovoltaic applications.

More generally, she is primarily engaged in the design and functionalization of new materials for optoelectronic applications, with a special interest in materials for energy. A wide variety of experimental and computational methods are used to realize this goal. Her research is highly interdisciplinary. Accordingly, she holds two PhDs: one in Physics from the University of Cambridge and one in Chemistry from the University of Durham. From 2001-11 she was a Royal Society University Research Fellow, having previously moved to Cambridge after being awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at St. Catharine's College. This enabled her to begin her developments in photo-crystallography, a new analytical technique that realizes the photo-induced structures of optoelectronic materials. Previously, she held a post-doctoral position in Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, where she worked on the structural characterization of amorphous materials, primarily rare-earth phosphate glasses. This research later became the subject of her PhD in Physics, studied in her spare time at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, she undertook a PhD in Chemical Crystallography through an international studentship between the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France, and Durham University. These studies focused on structure-property and structure-reactivity relationships in organic non-linear optical materials, and catalytic materials, respectively. Her university studies began at Durham University where she graduated with first class honours in Chemistry in 1994.

She has received a number of awards and honours: the first British Crystallographic Association Chemical Crystallography Prize (2000) for her research on optical materials; the 18th Franco-British Science prize (2006) for collaborative research and cooperation between France and Britain; the Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (2007) for innovation in nanotechnology; and the Royal Society of Chemistry SAC Silver Medal (2009) for her contributions to the development of photo-crystallography and advanced methods in neutron diffraction; The Vice-Chancellor's Research Chair, University of New Brunswick, Canada (2008-2013); an ICAM Senior Scientist Fellowship (2013-4) and a Fulbright Award (2013-4) to develop smart material design for dye-sensitized solar cells; the 1851 Royal Commission 2014 Fellowship in Design (2014-6) to test innovation models of solar-powered 'smart windows' to power sustainable future cities. In her spare time, she has also obtained a BSc Hons degree in Mathematics (2000-4), a diploma in Statistics (2004-5), a Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science (2006-7), a Diploma in Physics (2007-8) and a BEng Hons degree in Engineering (2010-14) all through the Open University.