Jillian L. Dempsey

Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor
Associate Professor Chemistry



S.B.   Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005)
Ph.D.   California Institute of Technology (2011)

Research Experience

Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor (2020-present)
Deputy Director, Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE) (2020-present)
Director of Undergraduate Studies  (2019-present)
Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina (2018-present)
Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina (2012-2018)
NSF ACC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington (2011-2012)

Awards and Honors

University Award for the Advancement of Women (UNC, 2021)
Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award (Iota Sigma Pi, National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, 2020)
Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator (ACS, 2018)
Dalton Transactions UC Berkeley Lectureship (2018)
Inter-American Photochemical Society Young Investigator Award (2017)
Chemical & Engineering News Talented 12 Scientist (2017)
J. Carlyle Sitterson Award for Teaching First-Year Students (UNC, 2017)
Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement (UNC, 2016)
Sloan Research Fellowship (2016)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (2016)
American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry (recognizing the collaborative research of an outstanding undergraduate student/preceptor team)—Honorable Mention (2016)
Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (2015)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2015)
Junior Faculty Development Award (UNC, 2013)
National Science Foundation American Competitiveness in Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011)
Herbert Newby McCoy Award for Outstanding Achievements in Chemistry (Caltech, 2011)
American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award (2010)
U.S. Delegate – 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau (2009)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2006)
Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Fellowship (Caltech, 2005)
Frederick D. Green Teaching Award (MIT, 2005)
Department of Chemistry Research Award (MIT, 2005)
Phi Beta Kappa (2005)

Other Experience

Current Editorial Advisory Boards: ACS Central Science, Chem, Chemical Science, Dalton Transactions, Solar Energy Advances, & Trends in Chemistry
Science Advisory Board: NSF Center for Chemical Innovation in Solar Fuels (20132018)
Conference Advisory Board: International Conference on Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer
Program Director, Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship Program for Graduate Women in Chemistry (UNC, 2018-2020)

In the News

Department of Chemistry Alumni Newsletter (2021)
Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine (2021)
The Well (2021)
BBC News (2020)
Chapelboro/97.9 The Hill (2020)
News & Observer (2020)
UNC University Communications (2020)
ACC Women Chemists Committee Newsletter (2020)
ACS Energy Letters–Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Part 2 (2020)
Lab Manager (2019)
C&E News 2019 National ACS Award Winners (2019)
Endeavors Magazine (2018)
Stereochemistry Podcast (2018)
Dalton Transactions Blog (2018)
College of Arts & Sciences Website (2017)
College of Arts & Sciences Website (2017)
C&E News Talented 12 (2017)
University Gazette (2017)
College of Arts & Sciences Website (2016)
University Gazette (2016)
University Gazette (2016)
Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine (p.11) (2016)
UNC News (2015)