Welcome to the Kempa group.
Find our recent research and publications below.
Porous Molecular Solids
We are synthesizing responsive porous molecular solids and characterizing
their unique electronic and optical properties using specialized in situ spectroscopic tools.
We are developing synthetic breakthroughs allowing for preparation of low-dimensional materials
with tunable morphologies, phases, and, thereby, tunable properties.
We are developing solution-phase methods that utilize porous ionic solids as precursors
for synthesis of complex nanomaterials.
The Kempa Group prepares and studies low-dimensional materials from nanoparticles (0D), to molecular wires (1D), to few-atom thick sheets (2D). Quantum confinement effects, tunable surface states, and intriguing charge/mass transport features endow these materials with exceptional properties. These properties not only reveal new chemical and physical phenomena, but also advance the development of optoelectronic devices, energy conversion systems, and quantum computing architectures.
Please visit our Research and Publications sections to learn more about our interdisciplinary efforts spanning across materials, inorganic, and physical chemistry!
Tom is tenured!20230324142604
Tom is tenured!
Tom was awarded a promotion to Associate Professor with tenure! An accomplishment for Tom that reflects the work put in ...
Postdoc Positions available!20230228154500
Postdoc Positions available!
The Kempa Lab is hiring 2 postdocs for projects focused on nonlinear mechanics, single-photon emission, and energy stora...
Tom wins DARPA YFA!20220421115100
Tom wins DARPA YFA!
Tom was awarded the DARPA young faculty award (YFA) to fund the group's research in multifunctional 2D frameworks. Sever...