FUNCTION THROUGH CHIRALITY IN ORGANIC ELECTRONIC MATERIALS AND DEVICES

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Chemistry

Abstract

Chirality is a fundamental symmetry property of elemental particles, molecules or even macroscopic objects like human hands. Objects are defined as chiral if they exist as a pair of "left handed" or "right handed" mirror images that cannot be superimposed. Importantly, these two forms cannot generally be differentiated by their physical properties: the chiral handedness only becomes evident when one chiral object interacts with another chiral object. Like using your right hand to shake either the right hand (homochiral), or left hand (heterochiral) of another person will lead to different results, the interaction of a chiral molecule with another chiral molecule (or object) of the same or opposite handedness can differ.

Small molecule chirality has long provided an intellectually challenging endeavour for selective chemical synthesis and catalysis. Arguably, the inspiration behind the majority of studies in (organic) asymmetric synthesis has been biologically-relevant molecules; be it complex chiral natural products or pharmaceutically active compounds. Nature has evolved with a single handedness (homochirality) and in research, biologically relevant small molecules often require chiral structures to interact selectively with a chiral biological receptor. Since such interactions ultimately control downstream function, the importance of chirality in a biological context is abundantly clear.

Conversely, other areas of science and technology have generally not considered chirality to be important for function. In the area of organic electronic devices, a small range of non-chiral conjugated organic small molecules and polymeric materials are most frequently employed. While the technological development in this area has clearly been a successful enterprise, there is pressing need for further innovation. I believe that the unique properties of chiral materials will result in chirality becoming a central design criterion for organic conjugated small molecules and lead to new paradigms in material design, device fabrication and functional applications. I propose to exploit chiral molecular architectures where the conjugated system is an integral part of the chirality, and use such molecules in a range of materials and device contexts that will exploit chirality to control nanoscale assembly and function.

Planned Impact

As outlined in the 'Academic Beneficiaries' section, the science proposed herein would have significant impact on current academic and industrial knowledge in a large range of disciplines including chemistry, physics and materials science. It will therefore impact the knowledge economy in such diverse areas. For example, it may lead to new principles in organic materials selection: one could select the appropriate transport properties for a given application purely by altering the chiral purity of a single chemical semiconducting component; the conductivity simply controlled by the chiral composition selected. This would be a paradigm shift in the way OSC materials and devices are traditionally approached. Furthermore, through in-film racemisation, this approach may allow for simple nanolithography of patterned thin films with different charge transfer domains for nanoelectronics.

Any translational aspect of this proposal, for example fabricating CP-OLEDs and CP photo-OFETs, would be of high interest to a number of key industrial companies (Cambridge Display Technologies, Plastic Logic, Merck, BASF, etc) involved in plastic electronics research. Technological advances resulting from this work would have clear ramifications in terms of wealth creation within the UK; the current OLED market is valued at >$2.5B. As an example application, current AMOLED displays employ a circular polarising filter to improve contrast by reducing external reflected light. Using a circular polariser ensures almost all reflected light is blocked; however, at the same time nearly 50% of the transmitted light from the OLED emission is cut out by the filter, dramatically reducing overall display efficiency. If one was to directly generate circularly polarised light in a comparable display architecture, far more light would be transmitted, resulting in lower losses in brightness at the circular polarising filter, improving both efficiency and lifetime. The more polarised the light from the OLED, the more light would pass through the filter. Such displays with a lowered carbon footprint would be of clear environmental impact, and therefore of benefit to society as a whole. In more general terms, CP light emitting and detecting devices would have a strong impact in current and future technologies such as tomography and integrated optical quantum computing. Finally, further training of skilled co-workers and the educational experiences of students involved in this science would also have clear economic and societal impact.

Publications

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Title Imperial College Chirstmas Card 
Description Chiral OLED image selected for Imperial college Christmas card (Delivered to industry, policymakers, former staff/students and international collaborators) 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Chiral materials Christmas card sent to all Imperial College address list, with details and further links to our research work. 
 
Description From a previously funded EPSRC project, we have a granted patent (WO2014016611) on circularly polarised light emitting materials. While no further IP is yet to have arosing from this particularly project, the published academic outputs further developed our reputation in this area, adding credibility to our expertise. Through our increasing profile, we continue to engage a range of companies with a view to eventually licence the IP above. Currently, one company is evaluating our approach in house. This will obviously be of commercial impact, if realised. Our expertise in this area is also leading to a number of collaborations with companies, which could lead to further economic impact. We continue to disseminate our science to wide audiences, including the general public. In Jan 2020, for example, Prof. Fuchter gave a public lecture on his work, including that developed in this project. Dissemination to a wider audience should enable public awareness and engagement of the science developed, a result of clear societal impact. Finally, this project provided, in addition to novel science, a number of highly trained scientists, who continue to work within the science sector in the UK. This is therefore of economic value to the UK.
Sector Chemicals,Electronics,Energy
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description (HEL4CHIROLED) - Helical systems for chiral organic light emitting diodes
Amount € 4,160,030 (EUR)
Funding ID 859752 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2023
 
Description Absolute asymmetric synthesis using spin-polarised electrochemistry
Amount £312,000 (GBP)
Funding ID RPG-2018-051 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 05/2022
 
Description Impact Acceleration Account, Imperial College London
Amount £43,469 (GBP)
Funding ID PSM569 
Organisation Imperial College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 06/2022
 
Description Integrated International Hub for Nano Carbon Device Science by Fusion of Synthesis and Devices
Amount ¥180,000,000 (JPY)
Organisation Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) 
Sector Public
Country Japan
Start 03/2022 
End 03/2027
 
Description CP emitters in cavities 
Organisation University of Dresden
Department Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Materials and expertise
Collaborator Contribution Mirrors/cavities and novel photonic measurements
Impact None yet. Ongoing.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Chiral thin films for anti-microbial applications 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department Department of Chemistry
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed the materials and fabrication protocols to generate chiral polymer thin films that display extraordinary chiroptical properties for antimicrobial investigations. Directed the research programme and organised regular meetings to discuss results.
Collaborator Contribution Performed measurements of singlet oxygen generation (and thus potential for antimicrobial action) from chiral polymer films. Provided guidance on fabrication protocols and methodologies.
Impact N/A, investigations still ongoing.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Circularly polarised detectors based on polymer - non fullerene acceptor blends 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Exploring polymer - chiral additive - non-fullerene acceptor blend systems for bulk heterojunction CP-OPDs. Thin film fabrication, characterisation, optimisation and translation into devices.
Collaborator Contribution Heeney group at Imperial, contributed technical insight and the non-fullerene acceptor materials.
Impact Procedures have been optimised for film fabrication and processing, currently working on translation into devices. These will represent the first single layer CP-OPDs based on achiral polymer - chiral additive - non fullerene acceptor blends, and will likely transform the field.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration on TADF materials 
Organisation St. Andrews University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research materials and intellectual input
Collaborator Contribution Measurements and data
Impact None yet. Ongoing.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with FlexEnable 
Organisation FlexEnable Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration on chiral organic materials. Part of Impact Acceleration project
Collaborator Contribution Advice on applications. Planned use of facilities.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Collaboration with the Diamond Light Source 
Organisation Diamond Light Source
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Developed the materials and fabrication protocols to generate chiral polymer thin films that display extraordinary chiroptical properties for morphological characterisations. Directed the research programme and organised regular meetings to discuss results. Led applications for focussed beam time investigations. Designed and wrote proposal for joint PhD studentship between Imperial and Diamond, which was co-funded by the CDT in Advanced Materials Characterisation and Diamond.
Collaborator Contribution Guidance with experiments whilst at the synchrotron, help creating beam time proposals, technical insight in data analysis, helped write high impact scientific publications, contributed to proposal for joint PhD studentship.
Impact International coverage for research collaboration and outputs (https://www.diamond.ac.uk/Home/News/LatestNews/2021/20-01-21.html) Fundamental discoveries about the processes by which chiral phases are induced in polymer thin films (chemistry, materials, physics) Funded PhD studentship on spatially resolved polarimetry measurements (co-supervised across chemistry, materials and physics at Imperial, as well as the instrumentation team at Diamond)
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with the EPSRC SPIN Lab 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department Department of Materials
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developing novel chiral materials and fabrication protocols for chiral thin films that will be characterised in the state-of-the-art EPSRC funded SPIN lab at Imperial College, through pulsed- and CW-EPR spectroscopy and magnetic-AFM measurements.
Collaborator Contribution Providing access to facilities, guidance on using new techniques, support with new fabrication protocols.
Impact one Imperial College Research Fellow (physics and materials) and one Royal Society University Research fellow (chemistry), both former postdocs in the Fuchter group, secured their own funding to work on projects in the SPIN-Lab.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Computational models with the University of Newcastle 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Preparation of chiral polymer thin films (using achiral materials from CDT and chiral small molecules/polymers synthesised in house), optimisation of induced chiroptical properties using carefully designed fabrication protocol.
Collaborator Contribution Computational models of polymer conformation and associated optoelectronic properties. Investigations into how backbone torsion, polymer chemical structure and inter-chain interactions impacts the strength of the intrinsic optical activity through measurements of the electric and magnetic dipole.
Impact multi-disciplinary, multi-institution investigation into the origins of the strong chrioptical effect in polymer thin films. One paper accepted in ACS Nano, one under review and one about to be submitted to Nature Photonics. Several conference presentations, including SPIE Optics & Photonics, APS Spring meeting and the ACS spring meeting.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Ellipsometry with J. A. Woollam 
Organisation J.A. Woollam
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Preparation of chiral polymer thin films (using achiral materials from CDT and chiral small molecules/polymers synthesised in house), optimisation of induced chiroptical properties using carefully designed fabrication protocol.
Collaborator Contribution Theoretical and experimental collaboration studying the induced chiroptical properties of organic electronic thin films. Ongoing collaborative measurements and mathematical modelling of the chiroptical properties (circular birefringence, circular dichroism) of polymer thin films using Mueller Matrix Spectroscopic Ellipsometry. Mathematical models and collaborative discussions, as well as the preparation of materials for several joint publications.
Impact multi-disciplinary, multi-institution investigation into the origins of the strong chrioptical effect in polymer thin films. "A unified model to explain the large chiroptical effects in chiral polymer systems through natural optical activity", which is to be submitted to Nature Photonics in the next few weeks.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Exploring novel helicene emitters with the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 
Organisation Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed the materials and fabrication protocols to generate chiral polymer thin films that display extraordinary chiroptical properties for embedding chiral small molecule emitters. Directed the research programme and organised regular meetings to discuss results.
Collaborator Contribution Synthesised, purified and separated novel 'superhelicene' emitters. Helped with up study in high impact publication.
Impact High impact research publications (selected as a 'hot paper'), joint applications for further funding, novel insight about the mechanisms that underpin CP-emission and absorption in polymer thin films. First experimental observation of circularly polarised (CP)-Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) in polymer - helicene blends. Inspired new collaborations on light emitting chiral small molecules.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Faraday rotation measurements with the Swager Lab at MIT 
Organisation Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Preparation of chiral polymer thin films (using achiral materials from CDT and chiral small molecules/polymers synthesised in house), optimisation of induced chiroptical properties using carefully designed fabrication protocol.
Collaborator Contribution Faraday rotation measurements of chiral polymer thin films, calculation of the Verdet constant, preliminary device measurements.
Impact Measurement of strongest Verdet constant for organic thin films Investigations into the potential for commercialisation of technology (for the characterisation of defects in aeroplane wings and other applications that need light-weight, lowcost sensitive magnetic field strength detection) Proof-of-concept manuscript in preparation
Start Year 2019
 
Description Imaging with photoeleastic modulators 
Organisation New York University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Growth of enantiopure and racemic crystals of chiral organic molecules.
Collaborator Contribution Imaging of chiral molecular crystals using photoelastic modulation to understand the chrioptical properties of materials synthesised as part of the Chiral Functional Materials research project.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (physics and chemistry), ongoing research into how molecular structure impacts the chiroptical properties of crystals and thin films.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Investigating the origins of the strong chiroptical responses of organometallic complexes 
Organisation National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS)
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed the materials and fabrication protocols to host - guest thin films based on organometallic helicenes. Designed methodology for characterisation and optimisation of thin films.
Collaborator Contribution Designed, synthesised, purified and separated organometallic helicenes.
Impact Joint applications for beam-time at the Diamond Light Source Ongoing work on materials discovery and design
Start Year 2020
 
Description Investigation into the spin-selectivity of chiral materials with the Weizmann Institute 
Organisation Weizmann Institute of Science
Country Israel 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Preparation of chiral polymer thin films (using achiral materials from CDT and chiral small molecules/polymers synthesised in house), optimisation of induced chiroptical properties using carefully designed fabrication protocol.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental investigations into the spin selectivity of electron transport through chiral structures. Measurements made in electrochemical cells and bespoke spin valves. Preparation of substrates to allow enantioselective crystallisation from racemic solutions.
Impact Experiments and data collection still ongoing. Currently optimising chiral molecular layers for spin-selective injection into the active layers of OLEDs.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Structural investigations with the Molecular Foundry 
Organisation Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Developed the materials and fabrication protocols to generate chiral polymer thin films that display extraordinary chiroptical properties. Led application for dedicated expert time at the Molecular Foundry to investigate the morphology and structure of chiral polymer phases.
Collaborator Contribution Performed 4D STEM, an electron microscopy technique that captures a full 2D diffraction pattern at each pixel position on a STEM (Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy) map. Provided insight into behaviour of polymer thin films and helped with data analysis and processing.
Impact Still ongoing.
Start Year 2020
 
Description high-resolution AFM imaging or novel polymer phases 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Chemistry Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed the materials and fabrication protocols to generate chiral polymer thin films that display extraordinary chiroptical properties for morphological characterisations. Directed the research programme and organised regular meetings to discuss results.
Collaborator Contribution Performed ultra-high resolution scanning probe and electron microscopies. Helped with the image processing and analysis.
Impact High impact research papers, joint applications for long-term beamtime, novel insight about the mechanisms that underpin CP-emission and absorption in polymer thin films.
Start Year 2019
 
Description A talk at GCHQ 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research talk on chiral functional materials for encryption and security applications. Audiences at GCHQ branches around the UK. A lot of interest in future collaborations and further discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description All things Photonics, Photonics Media podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Appeared on All things Photonics podcast of Photonics Media. Other guests include Donna Strickland and SPIE President Anita Mahadevan-Jansen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.photonics.com/Podcast/Jess_Wade_OLED_Displays_Chirality_and_Equity/pce27
 
Description Australia (online) lecture tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lectures given to numerous instituted in Australia: Monash University, WEHI, CSIRO, Adelaide, UNSW, etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cartoon for Google's Once Upon A Try series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Google made a series of cartoons for their Once Upon A Try campaign featuring scientists with superpowers. I helped to identify the London superheroes and was included in a video myself, discussing the applications of functional electronic materials in future devices,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ichMxazaz2w
 
Description Chirality and the future of electronics talk for Friends of Imperial 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk for 300 "Friends of Imperial" - alumni and other interested members / friends of the college community - about chiral materials and electronic devices. Great audience participation and several excited discussions have followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/eventssummary/event_6-9-2019-11-38-1
 
Description Conference/Symposium lecture on the results of the grant 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I have given numerous lectures all over the world reporting the results of this award. The primarily outcome was dissemination of the research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020,2021
 
Description Evening lecture for the London and South East Branch of the Institute of Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk for the London and South East Branch of the Institute of Physics on chiral materials and CP-OLEDs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description High school talk on chiral materials for disadvantaged students in Haringey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 70 pupils attended for an online science careers evening. Audience were not aware of chiral materials, but the presentation sparked questions and discussion afterwards, and the teachers reported increased interest in chemistry and physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Hosted Chiral Materials 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The second meeting hosted by the Fuchter group aimed to showcase research in the UK dealing with the preparation, study and application of chiral materials and seed a new community. Speakers and participants with interests in a diverse range of materials (chiral small molecules and polymers, liquid crystals, metamaterials, supramolecular arrays, frameworks, nanoparticles, etc) for use in a range of applications (electronics, optical, sensors, etc) were present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.chiralmaterials.co.uk/
 
Description Hostend Chiral Functional Materials meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We coordinated and hosted the UK's first chiral functional materials meeting. Discussion about CP-OLEDs and chiral materials design, student, posters and networking. Huge interest from research community as well as journal editors and postgraduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chiral-functional-materials-emerging-chemistry-and-physics-tickets-4868...
 
Description Imperial Centre for Plastic Electronics Annual Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on induced chirality in functional polymers as part of the annual Centre for Plastic Electronics symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/centres/plasticelectronics/eventssumma...
 
Description Inaugural lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact My Inaugural lecture at Imperial College which was also streamed live on YouTube. During my inaugural lecture I discussed my perspective of chemistry as a central science, giving case studies from my work that showcase how scientific curiosity and chemical understanding can lead to useful 'real world' applications. And how, in turn, such applications promote the need for further understanding and innovation on the molecular scale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRDYnvyyDs0
 
Description Interview with AAAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Member spotlight on my work in printed electronics using chiral functional materials, alongside discussion about diversity in physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.aaas.org/membership/member-spotlight/jessica-wade-physicist-and-author-hundreds-wikipedi...
 
Description Interview with Chemistry World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interview with the RSC magazine Chemistry World
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited talk at SPIE O&P 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Technical talk at SPIE Optics and Photonics 2018. Part of the Organic and Hybrid Light Emitting Materials and Devices symposium. Lengthy discussion about chiral functional materials and CP-OLEDs. Found new (important) collaborator in the exhibition: J. A. Woollam & Co.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk at SPIE Optics and Photonics 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited technical talk at SPIE Optics and Photonics 2019. Part of the Light in Nature symposium. Good discussion about chiral functional materials and circularly polarising-OLEDs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Materials of Design Symposium at the V&A 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A discussion about functional plastics and chiral electronic materials as part of the V&A Materials of Design Symposium. Great engagement with other academics across Imperial and the V&A.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.union.ic.ac.uk/rsm/matsoc/downloads/matsoc_winter_magazine_2017.pdf
 
Description New Scientist Live 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at New Scientist Live on the future of electronics using chiral functional materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.newscientist.com/video/2182419-jess-wade-plastic-electronics/
 
Description New Scientist Live 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at New Scientist Live on the future of electronics and chiral mateirals. Huge interest from audience which resulted in several future workshops and discussions. Talk was covered in New Scientist magazine and led to an extended article on chiral materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://live.newscientist.com/2019-speaker-programme/jess-wade-magic-of-mirror-molecules
 
Description Organised and hosted a symposium entitled: Chiral Functional Materials: Emerging Chemistry and Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting aimed to showcase research in the UK dealing with the preparation, study and application of chiral materials and seed a new community. Speakers and participants with interests in a diverse range of materials (chiral small molecules and polymers, liquid crystals, metamaterials, supramolecular arrays, frameworks, nanoparticles, etc) for use in a range of applications (electronics, optical, sensors, etc) were present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Pasta-shaped structures explain chiral light emission in polymers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Chemistry World article covering our recent publication in Nature Communications. The coverage sparked new collaborations and and interest from scientists all around the world. It was shared across social media by high profile journal editors and scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/pasta-shaped-structures-explain-chiral-light-emission-in-polymer...
 
Description Presentation at the Blavatnik Award Game Changers Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hosted by BBC News Science Correspondent Victoria Gill, a short, interactive talks from Professor Fuchter for science enthusiasts from all walks of life-from high school students through university professors. Following the talks, a moderated discussion explored trends and insights influencing the future of science in the United Kingdom.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nyas.org/events/2020/game-changers-9-young-scientists-transforming-our-world/
 
Description Presentation to Nature Publishing Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Lecture on our research to the Nature Published Group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Research talk for the University of Delaware 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at the University of Delaware focussing on chiral materials and their application in electronic devices, very engaged audience with several questions and follow-up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Science Live: A-Level 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A series of three talks for A-Level physics and chemistry students (1600 in London, 900 in Birmingham and 600 in Manchester) where I discussed chirality and functional electronic materials. Great interest from audience, ongoing enthusiasm and interest. Speaking alongside Jim Al-Khalili and Frank Close and described by several students and teachers in the audience as the best part of the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.alevelsciencelive.net/event_categories/londonphysics/
 
Description Talk at MRS by Li Wan (PhD student) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Technical talk by PhD student Li Wan at MRS Fall Meeting 2018 sharing recent work on CP OLEDs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talks at Imperial Open Days 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Delivered research talks on printed electronics every year as part of the College Open Day. Great interest and several students from the first cohort (2017) have already started studying physics at university (some at Imperial!).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Undergraduate research talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Overview of our work on the Chiral Functional Materials project and the role of EPSRC in supporting UK postgraduate materials research. A lot of interest from students about placements and opportunities in the chiral materials research group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description WIRED Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at WIRED Live. WIRED Live gathered disruptive minds across technology, design, art and politics to investigate how innovation, technological advances and world events are changing the way we live, behave and interact with each other. International audience and huge enthusiasm for chiral materials research and discovery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CFOEKnRm_M