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Jillian Dempsey

Associate Professor

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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

Catalytic Highway

Catalytic processes to generate, or oxidize, fuels such as hydrogen are underpinned by multiple proton-coupled electron transfer...


Nanocrystal Surfaces

Ligand exchange reactions are commonly used to alter the surface chemistry of metal chalcogenide quantum dots. However, a lack of quantifiable...