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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


Professor Jacqueline Cole holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professorship in Materials Physics at the University of Cambridge, where she is Head of Molecular Engineering. She concurrently holds the BASF / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Data-driven Molecular Engineering of Functional Materials. This is partly funded by the ISIS neutron and Muon Source, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK, with whom she holds a joint appointment. At Cambridge, she carries a joint appointment between the Physics Department (Cavendish Laboratory) and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Cambridge.

She combines artificial intelligence with data science, computational methods and experimental research to afford a 'design-to-device' pipeline for data-driven materials discovery. 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 has received a number of awards and honours including: the Royal Society Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture 2020; the BASF / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair and Senior Research Fellowship in Data-driven Molecular Engineering of Functional Materials (2018-2023); the 1851 Royal Commission 2014 Fellowship in Design (2015-8), a Fulbright Award (all disciplines Scholar, 2013-4), and an ICAM Senior Scientist Fellowship (2013-4) for the smart material design of dye-sensitized solar cells; The Vice-Chancellor's Research Chair, University of New Brunswick, Canada (2008-2013), a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2001-11), a Senior Research Fellowship (2002-2009) and Junior Research Fellowship (1999-2002) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK, for the development and application of in situ light-induced single-crystal X-ray diffraction; the Royal Society of Chemistry SAC Silver Medal and Lecture (2009) for her contributions to the development of photo-crystallography and advanced methods in neutron diffraction; the Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (2007) for innovation in nanotechnology; the 18th Franco-British Science prize (2006) for collaborative research and cooperation between France and Britain; the first British Crystallographic Association Chemical Crystallography Prize (2000) for establishing structure-function relationships in organic non-linear optical materials.

Before moving to Cambridge, she held a post-doctoral position in Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. Prior to this, she undertook a PhD in Chemistry through an international studentship between the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France, and Durham University. Her university studies began at Durham University where she graduated with first class honours in Chemistry in 1994.

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.



Professor Cole combines artificial intelligence with data science, computational methods and experimental research to afford a 'design-to-device' pipeline for data-driven materials discovery. She is particularly interested in developing energy sustainable applications using photovoltaic, optical, magnetic, and catalytic materials. Her group use a wide variety of artificial intelligence (machine learning and natural language processing methods) with data science, computational methods (e.g. density functional theory) and advanced experimental techniques (diffraction, spectroscopy, imaging). Within this scope, the group develop and maintain the 'chemistry-aware' text-mining tool, ChemDataExtractor, and its associated software tools that process images: ImageDataExtractor and ChemSchematicResolver. On the experimental side, the group has pioneered a range of in situ diffraction and reflectometry methods for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications.



Key publications: 

1          J. M. Cole, “A Design-to-Device Pipeline for Data-Driven Materials Discovery”, Acc. Chem. Res. (2020) 53, 599–610.

2          C. J. Court, J. M. Cole, “Database-generated Magnetic and Superconducting Phase Diagrams and Phase-transition Temperature Prediction Using Text-mining and Machine Learning”, npj Computational Materials, (2020) 6 18

3          K. Deng, J. M. Cole, J. L. Rawle, C. Nicklin, H. Chen, A. Yanguas-Gil, J. W. Elam, G. B.          G. Stenning, “Dye nanoaggregate structures in MK-2, N3, and N749 dye…TiO2 interfaces     that represent dye-sensitized solar cell working electrodes”, ACS Appl. Energy Mater. (2020) 3, 900-914

4          K. T. Mukaddem, E. J. Beard, B. Yildirim, J. M. Cole, “ImageDataExtractor: A Tool to Extract and Quantify Data from Microscopy Images”, J. Chem. Inf. Model. (2020) 60, 2492–2509

5          J. M. Cole, J. de J. Velazquez-Garcia, D. J. Gosztola, S-Y. G. Wang, Y-S. Chen, “Light-Induced Macroscopic Peeling of Single-Crystal Driven by Photoisomeric Nano-Optical Switching”, Chem. Mater. (2019) 31, 4927-4935.

6          C. B. Cooper, E. J. Beard, Á. Vazquez-Mayagoitia, L. Stan, G. B. G. Stenning, D. W. Nye, J. A. Vigil, T. Tomar, J. Jia, G. B. Bodedla, S. Chen, L. Gallego, S. Franco, A. Carella, K.R. J. Thomas, S. Xue, X. Zhu, J. M. Cole, “Design-to-Device Approach Affords Panchromatic Co-sensitized Solar Cell”, Advanced Energy Materials, (2018) 1802820 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201802820. (selected for Journal Front Cover)

7          E. J. Beard, G. Sivaraman, Á. Vazquez-Mayagoitia, V. Vishwanath, J. M. Cole*, “Comparative dataset of experimental and computational attributes of UV-vis absorption spectra”, Scientific Data (2019) 6, 307,

8          J. McCree-Grey, J. M. Cole, S. A. Holt, P. J. Evans, Y. Gong, “Dye...TiO2 Interfacial Structure of Dye-Sensitised Solar Cell Working Electrodes Buried under a Solution of I-/I3- Redox Electrolyte”, Nanoscale, 9 (2017) 11793-11805.

9          M. C. Swain, J. M. Cole “ChemDataExtractor: A Toolkit for Automated Extraction of Chemical Information from the Scientific Literature”, J. Chem. Inf. Model. 56 (2016) 1894–1904.

10        S. O. Sylvester, J. M. Cole, “Solar-powered nano-mechanical transduction from crystalline molecular rotors”, Adv. Mater. 25 (2013) 3324-8.

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professorship in Materials Physics
Head of Molecular Engineering Group
Prof. Jacqui  Cole

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