Paul Kempler, Oregon Center for Electrochemistry

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Paul Kempler

Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, Electrochemistry Master’s Internship Program
Practice Areas: Electrochemistry, Hydrogen, Energy Storage, Decarbonization

Kempler Lab | Oregon Center for Electrochemistry

Paul Kempler is an academic expert in electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering. His group studies electrochemical processes with the potential to transform manufacturing and abate global CO2 emissions. Currently funded research and development projects include low-cost and flexible alkaline water electrolyzers for hydrogen production powered by intermittent renewable electricity and a new process for direct production of iron metal from ores at low temperatures. Kempler has developed a course on using technoeconomic analyses to understand proposed pathways for decarbonization and is a member of a UO Taskforce focused on reducing emissions associated with the campus heating system.

Recent Media:
Producing iron from salt water and iron oxide (Chemical and Engineering News, Feb. 8, 2024)
An electrifying new ironmaking method could slash carbon emissions (Science, Feb. 5, 2024) 
U of O researchers develop new way of making steel without the use of fossil fuels (KEZI, Feb. 5, 2024)
New class explores the business and science of climate solutions (Around the O, May 17, 2023)
Winners of the 2023 Campus Sustainability Awards announced (Around the O, May 12, 2023)
Glowing up the power grid (Bend Source, Jan. 18, 2023)
Hydrogen under $3/kg may ensure affordable seasonal energy storage in the US (PV Magazine, Feb. 14, 2022)