Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Imperial College Research Fellow



jessica.wade CV




Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Jess is an Imperial College Research Fellow investigating spin selective charge transport through chiral systems in the Department of Materials. Broadly speaking, her research considers new materials for optoelectronic devices, with a focus on chiral organic semiconductors. She currently works in SPIN-Lab at Imperial, which is led by Professor Sandrine Heutz. She previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Fuchter and Campbell groups at Imperial College London, where she optimised these chiral systems such that can absorb/emit circularly polarised (CP) light for CP OLEDs and OPDs. For her PhD Jess concentrated on organic photovoltaics and the development of advanced characterisation techniques to better understand molecular packing under the supervision of Dr Ji-Seon Kim

Outside of the lab, Jess is involved with several science communication and outreach initiatives. She is committed to improving diversity in science, both online and offline, and since the start of 2018 has written the Wikipedia biographies of women and people of colour scientists every single day.



Razzell Hollis J, Fornaro T, Rapin W, et al., 2021, Detection and Degradation of Adenosine Monophosphate in Perchlorate-Spiked Martian Regolith Analogue, by Deep-Ultraviolet Spectroscopy, Astrobiology, ISSN:1531-1074

Shi W, Salerno F, Ward MD, et al., 2021, Fullerene desymmetrization as a means to achieve single-enantiomer electron acceptors with maximized chiroptical responsiveness., Advanced Materials, Vol:33, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:1-7

Wade J, Brandt JR, Reger D, et al., 2021, 500‐Fold Amplification of Small Molecule Circularly Polarised Luminescence through Circularly Polarised FRET, Angewandte Chemie, Vol:133, ISSN:0044-8249, Pages:224-229

Wade J, Hilfiker J, Brandt J, et al., 2020, Natural optical activity as the origin of the large chiroptical properties in π-conjugated polymer thin films, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-11

Wade J, 2020, Making a difference where it matters, Physics World, Vol:33, ISSN:0953-8585, Pages:20-20

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