Neil Kemp

Dicover new nanophysics-based phenomena that can be applied to real-world electronic applications.

Short Biography

Dr Neil Kemp is a Senior Lecturer in Physics at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. He graduated from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) with a BSc (Hons) and PhD degree in Physics, before carrying out postdoctoral work at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) and the Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (France). Since 2009 he has led his own nanophysics-based research group working in the fields of Emerging Memory Devices, Molecular Spintronics and Nano Bio-sensors ( He has published over 50 journal articles with a h-index of 16 and has been awarded grants totalling over £1 mil. During 2020 he was a Senior Visiting Research fellow at the Technische Universität Dresden. His current area of focus is cognitive devices and the development of new optoelectronic memristor devices for fast vision recognition systems.

Research field and activities

  • Emerging Memory Devices
  • Molecular Spintronics
  • Nano Bio-sensors


Neil Kemp teaches the following courses:

  • Intermediate Quantum Physics
  • Magnetism and Superconductivity
  • Advanced Experimental Techniques
  • Nanofabrication and Methods of Surface Characterization
  • Electronic Transport Mechanisms in Solid State


  1. Gee A, Jaafar AH, Kemp NT, “Nanoscale Junctions for Single Molecule Electronics Fabricated using Bilayer Nanoimprint Lithography combined with Feedback Controlled Electromigration” Nanotechnology 31, 155203 (2020)
  2. Gee A, Jaafar AH, Brachňaková B, Massey J, Marrows CH, Šalitroš I, Kemp NT “Multilevel Resistance Switching and Enhanced Spin Transition Temperature in Single Molecule Spin Crossover Nanogap Device” server (2020)
  3. Jaafar AH and Kemp NT “Wavelength dependent light tunable resistive switching graphene oxide nonvolatile memory devices” Carbon, 153, 81–88 (2019)
  4. Jaafar AH, Gray RJ, O’Neill M, Kelly SM, Verrelli E and Kemp NT, “Percolation Threshold Enables Optical Resistive‐Memory Switching and Light‐Tuneable Synaptic Learning in Segregated Nanocomposites”, Advanced Electronic Materials 5 (7), 1900197 (2019)
  5. Namhil ZG, Kemp C, Verrelli E, Iles A, Pamme N, Adawi AM, Kemp NT “A Label-Free Aptamer-Based Nanogap Capacitive Biosensor with Greatly Diminished Electrode Polarization Effects”, PCCP 21, 681-691 (2019)
  6. Cheng F, Young AJ, Bouillard J-S.G, Kemp NT, Guillet-Nicolas R, Hall CH, Roberts D, Jaafar AH, Adawi AM, Kleitz F, Imhof A, Reithofer MR, Chin JM, “Dynamic Electric Field Alignment of Metal-Organic Framework Microrods”, Am. Chem. Soc. 141 (33), 12989 (2019)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. Kemp NT, McGrouther D, Cochrane JW, Newbury R, “Bridging the gap: polymer nanowire devices” Advanced Materials, 19, 2634-2638 (2007)
  10. Dayen JF, Faramarzi V, Pauly M, Kemp NT, Pichon B, Majjad H, Begin-Colin S, Doudin B, “Nanotrench for nano and microparticle electrical interconnects” Nanotechnology 33, 335303 (2010)

Press articles

  1. NanoWerk Spotlight Article: “Learning in artificial synapses tuned by light“, 19 Jun 2019
  2. NanoWerk Spotlight Article: “Reversibly controlling the learning properties of memristors via optical means“, 30 Oct 2017
  3. Daily News “Tiny magnets, huge fields: Nanoscale ferromagnetic electrodes create chemical equivalent of solid-state spin valve”, 31 Jul 2014
  4. INP Scientific News: “Un interrupteur magnéto-électro-chimique”, 7 Aug 2014 (
  5. NanoWerk Spotlight ArticleA bottom-up technique for nanotechnology electronics fabrication”, 27 Sept 2007
  6. Nanotechnology Now: “A bottom-up technique for nanotechnology electronics fabrication”, 26 Sept 2007 (


Dr. Neil Kemp
Department of Physics and Mathematics
Robert Blackburn Building
University of Hull
Hull, HU6 7RX
United Kingdom