Dr. Jillian Dempsey

Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
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e-mail: dempseyj@email.unc.edu


  • 2011-2012 Post-Doc, University of Washington, Seattle, WA with Prof. Daniel Gamelin
  • 2010 Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA with Prof. Harry B. Gray
  • 2005 B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Awards & Honors

  • 2011 NSF American Competitiveness in Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2010 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award
  • 2009 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau- U.S. Delegate
  • 2006 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2005 Caltech Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Fellowship
  • 2005 Frederick D. Green Teaching Award
  • 2005 MIT Department of Chemistry Research Award
  • 2005 Phi Beta Kappa



Bradshaw, L. R.; May, J. W.; Dempsey, J. L.; Li, X.; Gamelin, D. R. "Ferromagnetic excited-state Mn2+ dimers in Zn1−xMnxSe quantum dots observed by time-resolved magnetophotoluminescence." Phys. Rev. B 2014, 89, 115312. (view)


White, M. A.; Dempsey, J. L.; Carroll, G. M.; Gallagher, J.; Gamelin, D. R. "Photoconductive ZnO Films with Embedded Quantum Dot or Ruthenium Dye Sensitizers." APL Materials, 2013, 1, 032107. (view)


Dempsey, J. L.; Winkler, J. R.; Gray, H. B. “Mechanism of H2 Evolution by a Photogenerated Hydridocobaloxime.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 16774–16776.

Dempsey, J. L.; Winkler, J. R.; Gray, H. B. “Proton-Coupled Electron Flow in Protein Redox Machines.” Chem. Rev., 2010 , 110, 7024–7039.

Dempsey, J. L.; Winkler, J. R.; Gray, H. B. “Kinetics of Electron Transfer Reactions of H2 Evolving Cobalt Diglyoxime Catalysts.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 1060–1065.

Peters, J. C.; Miller, A. J. M.; Dempsey, J. L. “Emissive Monomeric Metal Complexes.” U.S. Patent 7,683,183 B2, 2010.


Dempsey, J. L.; Brunschwig, B. S.; Winkler, J. R.; Gray, H. B. “Hydrogen Evolution Catalyzed by Cobaloximes.” Acc. Chem. Res. , 2009, 42, 1995–2004.


Miller, A. J. M.; Dempsey, J. L.; Peters, J. C. “Long-Lived and Efficient Emission from Mononuclear Amidophosphine Complexes of Copper.” Inorg. Chem., 2007, 46, 7244–7246.

Esswein, A. J.; Dempsey, J. L.; Nocera, D. G. “A Rh(II)-Au(II) Bimetallic Core with a Direct Metal-Metal Bond.” Inorg. Chem. , 2007, 46, 2362–2364.


Dempsey, J. L.; Esswein, A. J.; Manke, D. R.; Rosenthal, J.; Soper, J. D.; Nocera, D. G. “Molecular Chemistry of Consequence to Renewable Energy.” Inorg. Chem., 2005, 44, 6879–6892.

Rosenthal, J.; Bachman, J.; Dempsey, J. L.; Esswein, A. J.; Gray, T. G.; Hodgkiss, J. M.; Manke, D. R.; Luckett, T. D.; Pistorio, B. J.; Veige, A. S.; Nocera, D. G. “Oxygen and Hydrogen Photocatalysis by Two-Electron Mixed-Valence Coordination Compounds.” Coord. Chem. Rev., 2005, 249, 1316–1326.


Wu, N.; Dempsey, J.; Yehl, P. M.; Dovletoglou, A.; Ellison, D.; Wyvratt, J. “Practical aspects of fast HPLC separations for pharmaceutical process development using Monolithic Columns.” Anal. Chim. Acta, 2004, 523, 149–156.