Jillian Dempsey

Jillian Dempsey

Associate Professor

   Kenan Laboratories 440
   919-962-4617
   dempseyj@email.unc.edu
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    Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Inorganic Spectroscopy and Solar Energy Conversion


Professional Background

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, 2005; California Institute of Technology, PhD, 2011; NSF American Competitiveness in Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, 2011-2012; UNC Junior Faculty Development Award, 2015, NSF CAREER Award, 2015; Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 2015; Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, 2016; Sloan Research Fellowship, 2016


Research Group

Research Synopsis

Research in the Dempsey group applies the tools of physical inorganic chemistry to address challenges associated with developing efficient solar energy conversion processes. In particular, we focus on understanding the proton-coupled electron transfer reactions that underpin fuel production and elucidating electron transfer processes across materials interfaces.

Our research program bridges molecular and materials chemistry and relies heavily on methods of physical inorganic chemistry, including electrochemistry and time-resolved optical spectroscopy.

News & Publications

Delayed Photoacidity

The excitation of photoacids produces powerful proton donors that can trigger proton-coupled electron transfer, PCET, reactions. Coupled to time-resolved...

 

Cyclic Voltammetry Bootcamp

Professors Jillian Dempsey and Jeffrey Dick, in partnership with Pine Research are piloted a two-day Cyclic Voltammetry Bootcamp...