Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Lecturer in Functional Materials







B336Royal School of MinesSouth 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.



Ward MD, Shi W, Gasparini N, et al., 2022, Best practices in the measurement of circularly polarised photodetectors (vol 10, pg 10452, 2022), Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ISSN:2050-7526

Wade J, 2022, How you can change gender stereotypes about physicists, Nature Reviews Physics, Vol:4, Pages:690-691

Wade J, Salerno F, Kilbride R, et al., 2022, Controlling anisotropic properties by manipulating the orientation of chiral small molecules, Nature Chemistry, Vol:14, ISSN:1755-4330, Pages:1383-1389

Wade J, Rabey IM, Smith A, et al., 2022, Lessons from a UK research school for Black physicists and engineers, Nature Reviews Materials, Vol:7, ISSN:2058-8437, Pages:927-928

Wade J, 2022, Why I wrote a children's book about nanoscience, Nature, Vol:608, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:S14-S14

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