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Professor Jacqueline Cole

Professor Jacqueline Cole

Professor Jacqueline Cole
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Professor Jacqueline Cole is Head of Molecular Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she currently holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professorship in Materials Physics.

Her research focuses on data-driven molecular engineering of functional materials. Thereby, she employs data science and computational methods that predict materials for photovoltaic, magnetic, and catalytic applications, which she then experimentally validates by developing and applying advanced materials-characterization methods.

Accordingly, she is 50% seconded by the ISIS neutron and muon facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK.

Her interdisciplinary scope has been nurtured by her two PhD degrees: one in physics from the University of Cambridge and one in chemistry which she undertook via an international PhD studentship between the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France, and the University of Durham.

Her research has been recognised by numerous international and national awards and honours which include:

  • American Crystallographic Association Bertram Eugene Warren Diffraction Physics Award (2021)
  • Royal Society Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture (2020)
  • BASF / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Data-driven Molecular Engineering of Functional Materials (2019-2024)
  • 1851 Royal Commission 2014 Fellowship in Design (2015-8)
  • UK-US Fulbright Award (2013-2014)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry SAC Silver Medal and Lecture (2009)
  • Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award for innovation in nanotechnology (2007)
  • 18th Franco-British Science Prize (2006) for international collaboration.

In her spare time, all through the Open University, she has also obtained a:

  • BSc Hons degree in Mathematics (2000-4)
  • diploma in Statistics (2004-5)
  • Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science (2006-7)
  • Diploma in Physics (2007-8)
  • BEng Hons degree in Engineering (2010-14).

She is also currently studying part-time at the London Business School (LBS) on their MBA degree programme via a LBS Diversity Award which recognised her “champion[ing] of diverse leadership within their country, community, sector or organisation.”

Last updated: 14 January 2022

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