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Department of Physics

Cavendish Laboratory

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Dr. Jacqui Cole

Dr. Jacqui Cole

Royal Society University Research Fellow

UNB Vice-Chancellor's Research Chair

Room 429 Mott Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337470


Dr. Jacqueline Cole is Head of the Structure & Dynamics group at the Cavendish Laboratory. She holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and, from May 2008, she holds this Fellowship concurrently with The Vice-Chancellor's Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She is primarily engaged in the design and functionalisation of new materials for optoelectronic applications. A wide variety of experimental and computational methods are used to realise 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. She moved to Cambridge, having been 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 realises the 4-D photo-induced structures of optoelectronic materials.

She has received a number of awards: 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; 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. 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) and a Diploma in Physics (2007-8) all through the Open University.

Research Interests

The design and functionalisation of new materials for optoelectronic applications, with particular interests in (a) dye-sensitised solar cells, (b) optical data storage, (c) non-linear optics. We use a wide variety of experimental and computational techniques to realise this goal. Experimental techniques include X-ray and neutron diffraction, anomalous X-ray scattering, EXAFS, XANES, solid-state NMR, FTIR, inelastic neutron scattering. Computational techniques include data-mining, Monte Carlo simulations and density-functional theory modelling. 

Key Publications

"Effects of the reaction cavity on metastable optical excitation in ruthenium-sulfur dioxide complexes", A. E. Phillips, J. M. Cole, T. d'Almeida, K. S. Low, Phys. Rev. B 82 (2010) 155118(1-6).

"Single-crystal X-ray diffraction of photo-induced species". J. M. Cole. Chem. Soc. Rev. 33 (2004) 501-513.

"Direct observation of R...R distances in rare-earth (R) phosphate glasses by magnetic difference neutron diffraction" J. M. Cole, A. C. Hannon, R. A. Martin, R. J. Newport. Phys. Rev. B. 73 (2006) 104210-(1-5).

"The structure of the rare-earth phosphate glass, (Sm2O3)0.205(P2O5)0.795 studied by anomalous dispersion neutron diffraction". J. M. Cole, A. C. Wright, R. J. Newport, C.E. Fisher, S. J. Clarke, R. N. Sinclair, H. E. Fisher, G. J. Cuello. J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 19 (2007) 056002(1-12).

"Organic materials for non-linear optics: advances in relating structure to function". J. M. Cole. Royal Soc. Phil. Trans. A 361 (2003) 2751-2770.

"Charge Density Study of DED-TCNQ, a Non-linear Optical Precursor". J. M. Cole, R. C. B. Copley, G. J. McIntyre, J. A. K. Howard, M. Szablewski, G. H. Cross. Phys. Rev. B 65 (2002) 125107