Honour for Dr Jessica Boland

Dr Jessica Boland, Senior Lecturer in Functional Materials & Devices, was recently awarded the IRMMW-THz Zhenyi Wang award "for achievements in THz frequency characterization of advanced functional nanomaterials and their applications in THz devices."

The award, which recognises outstanding female contributors to Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz wave science, technology and applications (IRMMW-THz) was given to Jessie at the 47th International Conference on IRMMW-THz in Delft, The Netherlands, at which she was also invited to give a keynote talk.

A committee of worldwide technical experts in IRMMW-THz science and applications evaluates nominations received for the award each year. Wang Zhenyi (1768-1797), after whom the Award was named, was a female scientist from the Qing dynasty, who managed to educate herself in astronomy, mathematics, geography and medicine at a time when custom and practice meant opportunities for women’s education were extremely limited.

Dr Boland is a Senior Lecturer of Functional Materials and Devices in the Materials and Devices Division in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. She is a member of the Photonic Materials and Devices Group in the Photon Science Institute and her research is directly aligned with the Atom to Devices and 2D Materials theme within Henry Royce Institute.