Jess Wade

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Jess Wade

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Jessica Wade in 2017
Jessica Alice Feinmann Wade

1988/1989 (age 30–31)[1]
EducationSouth Hampstead High School[2]
Chelsea College of Art and Design
Alma materImperial College London (MSci, PhD)
Known forPlastic electronics
Public engagement
WISE Campaigning
Scientific career
InstitutionsImperial College London
ThesisNanometrology for controlling and probing organic semiconductors and devices (2016)
Doctoral advisorJi-Seon Kim[5]
InfluencesAngela Saini[6]
Lesley Cohen
Jenny Nelson[7]
Sharmadean Reid

Jessica Alice Feinmann Wade BEM is a British physicist in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College London.[7] Her research investigates polymer-based organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).[8] Her public engagement work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), champions women in physics,[9][10] and tackles gender bias on Wikipedia.[11][12]


The daughter of physicians,[13] Wade was educated at South Hampstead High School, graduating in 2007.[10] She subsequently enrolled on a foundation course in art and design at the Chelsea College of Art and Design,[2] and in 2012 completed an MSci degree in physics at Imperial College London. She continued at Imperial, completing her PhD degree in physics in 2016,[5][14] where her thesis on nanometrology in organic semiconductors was supervised by Ji-Seon Kim.[5]

Research and career[edit]

As of 2018, Wade is a postdoctoral research associate in plastic electronics in the solid-state physics group at Imperial College London, focusing on developing and characterising light-emitting polymer thin films[15][16] working with Alasdair Campbell and Matt Fuchter.[8] Her research has been published in scientific journals such as the Journal of Physical Chemistry C,[17] the Journal of the American Chemical Society,[18] the Journal of Materials Chemistry,[19][20] ACS Nano,[21] Advanced Functional Materials,[22] The Journal of Chemical Physics,[23] Advanced Electronic Materials,[24] ChemComm[25] and Energy & Environmental Science.[26] She has co-authored research papers with James Durrant,[20][26][25][23] Henning Sirringhaus,[18] Jenny Nelson,[21] Donal Bradley,[19][24] and Ji-Seon Kim.[17] As of August 2019, according to Web of Science, she is the first author of four papers and a middle author on another 14. Her research (first author) has been cited 24 times, and her middle author papers have been cited 345 times. her h-index is 8, and her m-quotient is 1.3.[27]

Public engagement and outreach[edit]

Wade has contributed to public engagement to increase gender equality in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. She represented the UK on the United States Department of State funded International Visitor Leadership Program Hidden No More,[28] and served on the WISE Campaign Young Women's Board and Women's Engineering Society (WES) Council, working with teachers across the country through the Stimulating Physics Network (including keynote talks at education fairs and teacher conferences). Wade has been critical of expensive campaigns to encourage girls into science where there is an implication that only a small minority would be interested, or that girls can study the "chemical composition of lipsticks and nail varnish".[6][29] She estimates that £5m or £6m is spent in the UK to promote a scientific career for women but with little measurement of the results.[6]

Wade has made a large contribution to a Wikipedia campaign that encourages the creation of Wikipedia articles about notable female academics, in order to promote female role models in STEM.[30][31][32] Wade has created new Wikipedia biographical articles to raise the profile of minorities in STEM.[33][11][12][34] She told Chemistry World in mid-2019 that of the 600 articles about female scientists she has written, 6 have been deleted because of the notability issue. Yet, Wade said, the site has articles about the most obscure sports players and forgotten pop songs.[35]

Wade coordinated a team for the 6th International Women in Physics Conference, resulting in an invitation to discuss the Institute of Physics (IOP) gender balance work in Germany.[36] She also supports the engagement of school students through school activities and festivals, and the organisation of a series of events for girls at Imperial College London, which she has funded with grants from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Biochemical Society.[37] In 2015 Wade won the science engagement activity I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here![38] and received £500, which she used to run a greenlight4girls day in the department of physics at Imperial College London.[39]

Wade serves on the IOP London and South East Committee,[40] the IOP Women in Physics Committee[41] and the Juno transparency and opportunity committee at Imperial.[42] She cites her influences as Sharmadean Reid, Lesley Cohen, Jenny Nelson[7] and Angela Saini, particularly her book Inferior.[6] Her outreach work has been covered by the BBC,[1][43] Sky News,[44] HuffPost,[29] ABC News,[45] Physics World,[9] El País,[31] CNN,[32] Nature,[4][46] and The Guardian.[6][47][48]

Wade was interviewed as part of TEDx London Women, held on 1 December 2018.[49][50]

Jointly with Ben Britton and Christopher Jackson, she authored in 2019 "The reward and risk of social media for academics" in the journal Nature Reviews Chemistry.[51]

Awards and honours[edit]

Wade has received several awards for contributions to science, science communication, diversity, and inclusion. In 2015, Wade was awarded the Institute of Physics Early Career Physics Communicator Prize 2015[52] and the Imperial College Union award for contribution to college life in 2015,[53] and was the winner of the Colour Zone in I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here, an online science engagement project run by Mangorolla CIC.[54] The next year, Wade received the Institute of Physics's Jocelyn Bell-Burnell Award for Women in Physics 2016.[14]

In 2017, Wade won the Robert Perrin Award for Materials Science[55][56] from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and Imperial College's Julia Higgins Medal in 2017 in recognition of her work to support gender equality.[57][58] She was invited to the interdisciplinary science conference Science Foo Camp 2017 at the Googleplex in California.[59]

During 2018, Wade won the Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize for "acting as an internationally-recognised ambassador for STEM"[60] and received an "honourable mention" in the Wikimedian of the Year award by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, for her "year long effort to write about underrepresented scientists and engineers on Wikipedia".[61] In December she was named as one of Nature's 10 people who mattered in science during 2018.[4]

Wade was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to gender diversity in science.[3][62] Imperial College's 2019 president's awards for excellence in societal engagement awarded her the leadership award for societal engagement.[63]

In 2019, Wade was named as the 44th 'Most Influential Woman in UK Tech' by Computer Weekly.


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  5. ^ a b c Wade, Jessica Alice Feinmann (2016). Nanometrology for controlling and probing organic semiconductors and devices. (PhD thesis). hdl:10044/1/56219. OCLC 1065331693. EThOS Free to read
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  9. ^ a b Tesh, Sarah; Wade, Jess (2017). "Look happy dear, you've just made a discovery". Physics World. 30 (9): 31–33. Bibcode:2017PhyW...30i..31T. doi:10.1088/2058-7058/30/9/35. ISSN 0953-8585. closed access
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  12. ^ a b Wade, Jessica (2019). "This is why I've written 500 biographies of female scientists on Wikipedia". The Independent.
  13. ^ Highfield, Roger; Wade, Jess (4 July 2019). "We're all to blame for Wikipedia's huge sexism problem". Wired. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
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  17. ^ a b Wade, Jessica; Wood, Sebastian; Collado-Fregoso, Elisa; Heeney, Martin; Durrant, James; Kim, Ji-Seon (2017). "Impact of Fullerene Intercalation on Structural and Thermal Properties of Organic Photovoltaic Blends". The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 121 (38): 20976–20985. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b05893. hdl:10044/1/54266. ISSN 1932-7447.
  18. ^ a b Fei, Zhuping; Boufflet, Pierre; Wood, Sebastian; Wade, Jessica; Moriarty, John; Gann, Eliot; Ratcliff, Erin L.; McNeill, Christopher R.; Sirringhaus, Henning; Kim, Ji-Seon; Heeney, Martin (2015). "Influence of Backbone Fluorination in Regioregular Poly(3-alkyl-4-fluoro)thiophenes" (PDF). Journal of the American Chemical Society. 137 (21): 6866–6879. doi:10.1021/jacs.5b02785. ISSN 0002-7863. PMID 25994804.
  19. ^ a b Wade, Jessica; Steiner, Florian; Niedzialek, Dorota; James, David T.; Jung, Youngsuk; Yun, Dong-Jin; Bradley, Donal D. C.; Nelson, Jenny; Kim, Ji-Seon (2014). "Charge mobility anisotropy of functionalized pentacenes in organic field effect transistors fabricated by solution processing". Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 2 (47): 10110–10115. doi:10.1039/C4TC01353K. ISSN 2050-7526.
  20. ^ a b Razzell-Hollis, Joseph; Wade, Jessica; Tsoi, Wing Chung; Soon, Ying; Durrant, James; Kim, Ji-Seon (2014). "Photochemical stability of high efficiency PTB7:PC70BM solar cell blends". Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2 (47): 20189–20195. doi:10.1039/C4TA05641H. ISSN 2050-7488.
  21. ^ a b James, David T.; Frost, Jarvist M.; Wade, Jessica; Nelson, Jenny; Kim, Ji-Seon (2013). "Controlling Microstructure of Pentacene Derivatives by Solution Processing: Impact of Structural Anisotropy on Optoelectronic Properties". ACS Nano. 7 (9): 7983–7991. doi:10.1021/nn403073d. ISSN 1936-0851. PMID 23919253.
  22. ^ Kim, Ji-Hoon; Wood, Sebastian; Park, Jong Baek; Wade, Jessica; Song, Myungkwan; Yoon, Sung Cheol; Jung, In Hwan; Kim, Ji-Seon; Hwang, Do-Hoon (2016). "Optimization and Analysis of Conjugated Polymer Side Chains for High-Performance Organic Photovoltaic Cells". Advanced Functional Materials. 26 (10): 1517–1525. doi:10.1002/adfm.201504093. ISSN 1616-301X. closed access
  23. ^ a b Wade, Jessica; Wood, Sebastian; Beatrup, Daniel; Hurhangee, Michael; Bronstein, Hugo; McCulloch, Iain; Durrant, James R.; Kim, Ji-Seon (2015). "Operational electrochemical stability of thiophene-thiazole copolymers probed by resonant Raman spectroscopy" (PDF). The Journal of Chemical Physics. 142 (24): 244904–(1–6). Bibcode:2015JChPh.142x4904W. doi:10.1063/1.4923197. hdl:10044/1/24738. ISSN 0021-9606. PMID 26133454.
  24. ^ a b Kang, Chan-mo; Wade, Jessica; Yun, Sumin; Lim, Jaehoon; Cho, Hyunduck; Roh, Jeongkyun; Lee, Hyunkoo; Nam, Sangwook; Bradley, Donal D. C.; Kim, Ji-Seon; Lee, Changhee (2015). "1 GHz Pentacene Diode Rectifiers Enabled by Controlled Film Deposition on SAM-Treated Au Anodes" (PDF). Advanced Electronic Materials. 2 (2): 1500282 (1–7). doi:10.1002/aelm.201500282. ISSN 2199-160X.
  25. ^ a b Beatrup, Daniel; Wade, Jessica; Biniek, Laure; Bronstein, Hugo; Hurhangee, Michael; Kim, Ji-Seon; McCulloch, Iain; Durrant, James R. (2014). "Polaron stability in semiconducting polymer neat films". ChemComm. 50 (92): 14425–14428. doi:10.1039/C4CC06193D. ISSN 1359-7345. PMID 25302346. closed access
  26. ^ a b Wood, Sebastian; Wade, Jessica; Shahid, Munazza; Collado-Fregoso, Elisa; Bradley, Donal D. C.; Durrant, James R.; Heeney, Martin; Kim, Ji-Seon (2015). "Natures of optical absorption transitions and excitation energy dependent photostability of diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based photovoltaic copolymers". Energy & Environmental Science. 8 (11): 3222–3232. doi:10.1039/C5EE01974E. ISSN 1754-5692. closed access
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  33. ^ "Why are so few women biographies included in Wikipedia?". BBC Newsday. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019. She's been writing biographies of women and other minorities in science and engineering since 2017 and adds a new entry almost on a daily basis.
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  37. ^ 2018 Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize Institute of Physics
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  44. ^ "Dr Jess Wade on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
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  46. ^ Wade, Jess; Zaringhalam, Maryam (2018). "Why we're editing women scientists onto Wikipedia". Nature. Springer Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05947-8.
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  50. ^ A voice for diversity in science Video of Wade's TEDxLondonWomen interview 1 December 2018
  51. ^ Wade, Jessica; Jackson, Chris; Britton, Ben (18 July 2019). "The reward and risk of social media for academics". Nature Reviews Chemistry. 3 (8): 459–461. doi:10.1038/s41570-019-0121-3. ISSN 2397-3358.
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