Jenny Clark

Vice-Chancellor’s Advanced Fellow – Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Jenny Clark developed an interest in biology at school in Belgium, but found it too qualitative and so ended up studying physics at university. She did her undergraduate and Masters at Imperial College London, with a year in Padua, but a summer stint at UCL was enough to cement a desire to work in the field of Biophysics. However, for her PhD she chose to work in a completely different research area, attracted by a more positive and supportive atmosphere. Her supervisor moved away after her first year but she managed to acquire another via email, who became a collaborator, friend and mentor to her and gave her the confidence to move on with the next stages of her career. While an academic career path does generally mean moving around quite a lot, placing her relationship and family life first has never negatively impacted on her career. She continues to love her work and find it fascinating, learning something new every day.

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Career Timeline

2001

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Delaware

2001–2002

Undergraduate Researcher, Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine, Padua (Italy)

2002

Undergraduate Researcher, University College London

2003

Msci Physics with a year in Europe (1st) Imperial College London

2003

Imperial College Entrepreneurs’ Challenge Finalist prize

2004

E-MRS Student Award

2006

PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge

EPSRC studentship with Industrial Case Award with Seiko EPSON UK

2006–2014

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Politecnico di Milano

2006

E-MRS Presentation Nice, France

2006

Poster at ICSM Conference, Dublin, Ireland

2006

Second author paper

‘Molecular weight dependence of interchain polaron delocalization and exciton bandwidth in high-mobility conjugated polymers’ J-F. Chang, J. Clark, N. Zhao, and H. Sirringhaus, D. W. Breiby, J. W. Andreasen, and M. M. Nielsen, M. Giles, M. Heeney, and I. McCulloch. Physical Review B 74, 115318 (2006)

2007

First author paper

‘Role of Intermolecular Coupling in the Photophysics of Disordered Organic Semiconductors: Aggregate Emission in Regioregular Polythiophene’ J. Clark, C. Silva, R. H. Friend and F. C. Spano.

2007

E-MRS presentation Strasbourg, France

2007

Optical Probes Talk, Finland

2007

Invited talk

International Symposium on nano and ultrafast photonics, Beijing China (October 2007) ‘Ultrafast all-optical switching in Polymer Optical Fiber Amplifiers.’

2008

First author paper

‘Blue polymer optical fiber amplifiers based on conjugated fluorene oligomers’ J. Clark, L. Bazzana, D.D.C. Bradley, J. Cabanillas-Gonzalez, G. Lanzani, D. G. Lidzey, J. Morgado, A.Nocivelli, W.C. Tsoi, T. Virgili, and R. Xia. Journal of Nanophotonics, 2 023504 (2008)

2008

Poster at Ultrafast Phenomena Conference, Stresa, Italy

2008

First author paper

‘Charge recombination in heterostructures of semiconductor discotic and polymeric materials’ J. Clark, R. Archer, T. Redding, C. Foden, J. Tant, Y. Geerts, R. H. Friend and C. Silva. Journal of Applied Physics, 103 124510 (2008)

2009

Visiting Scholar, Hyderabad University

2009

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, University of Cambridge

2010

Charles and Catherine Darwin Research Fellowship (3 years)

2011

Invited talk

Optical Probes, Santa Fe, USA

2012

Maternity leave (9 months)

2012

First author paper

‘Femtosecond torsional relaxation’ J. Clark, T. Nelson, S. Tretiak, C. Cirmi and G. Lanzani Nature Physics, 8, 225–231

2013

Invited talk

Materials Research Society, San Francisco, USA

2013

Maternity leave (13 months)

2014

Second author paper

‘Triplet Dynamics in Pentacene Crystals: Applications to Fission-Sensitized Photovoltaics’ A.D. Poletayev, J. Clark, M.W.B. Wilson, A. Rao, Y. Makino, S. Hotta, R.H. Friend Advanced Materials, 26, 919

2014–Present

Vice-Chancellor’s Advanced Fellow, University of Sheffield

2015

Invited talk

Light Harvesting Processes, Klöster Banz, Germany

2015

Last author paper

The Nature of Singlet Exciton Fission in Carotenoid Aggregates A. J. Musser, M. Mauri, D. Brida, G. Cerullo, R. H. Friend and J. Clark Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, 5130 (2015)