Dr Neil Kemp

Lecturer in Physics

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

+44 (0) 1482 466149

After a PhD in Physics at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) in the field of electronic transport in conducting polymers, Neil went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of New South Wales (Australia) and Université de Strasbourg / CNRS – IPCMS (France).

In 2009 he established a research group in Nanophysics at the University of Hull with a focus on developing nanotechnology for real-world applications. 

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Research Interests

  • Nanoscale spintronics
  • Memristors and neuromorphic computing devices
  • Nanoscale engineering
  • Conducting polymers
  • Nanogap bio-sensors

Research groups

  • Nano-cubed
  • G W Gray Centre for Advanced Materials
  • IC1401 - Memristors-Devices, Models, Circuits, Systems and Applications (MemoCiS)
  • IC1208 - Integrating devices and materials: a challenge for new instrumentation in ICT (IDEM)
  • CA15128 - Molecular Spintronics (MOLSPIN)


Jaafar AH, Gray RJ, Verrelli E, O’Neill M, Kelly SM and Kemp NT, “Reversible optical switching memristors with tunable STDP synaptic plasticity: a route to hierarchical control in artificial intelligent systems” Nanoscale, 9, 17091 (2017)

Jabarullah NH, Verrelli E, Gee A, Mauldin C, Navarro LA, Golden JH and Kemp NT, “Large Dopant Dependence of the Current Limiting Properties of Intrinsic Conducting Polymer Surge Protection Devices”, RSC Advances, 6, 85710-85717 (2016)

Popa PL, Kemp NT, Majjad H, Dalmas G, Faramarzi V, Dayen JF, Andreas C, Hertel R, Doudin B, “The magnetoelectrochemical switch”, PNAS 111(29), 10433-10437 (2014)

Kemp NT, Cochrane JW, Newbury R, Dujardin E “Electronic transport in conducting polymer nanowire array devices”, Nanotechnology, 22, 105202 (2011)

Popa PL, Dalmas G, Faramarzi V, Dayen JF, Majjad H, Kemp NT, Doudin B, “Heteronanojunctions with atomic size control using a lab-on-chip electrochemical approach with integrated microfluidics", Nanotechnology 22, 215302 (2011)

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Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Advanced Topics : Electronic Properties of Organic Semiconductors
  • Physics on the Nanoscale : Nanoscale Device Fabrication and Surface Characterisation
  • Introductory Magnetism and Superconductivity
  • Advanced Experimental Physics : Experimental Topics
  • Quantum Physics II
  • Experimental Techniques for 3rd year (Semester 1)

Research PhDs

Dr Kemp welcomes applications in

  • Nanoscale Spintronics
  • Memristors and Neuromorphic Computing Devices
  • Nanoscale Engineering
  • Conducting Polymers
  • Nanogap Bio-Sensors

Completed PhDs

  • Noor Jabarullah

Current PhD supervisions

  • Alex Gee
  • Robert Gray
  • Zahra Namhil
  • Ayoub Hamdiyah

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (Physics) in 2000 from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand in the field of electronic transport in conducting polymers, under the supervision of Prof Alan Kaiser and Prof Joe Trodahl

External roles

Professional highlights