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Kemper Talley

Nuclear Energy


Supervising Faculty: Mark Williams

Kemper’s research interests lie at the intersection of nuclear engineering and nuclear physics. He works on improving nuclear data which means a focus upon providing nuclear engineers with the best experimental data and theoretical models available from nuclear physics. Specifically his work has been focused on multiple beta-delayed neutron emission, fission product yields, and spectroscopic data. The hope is that by utilizing the best data and models from nuclear physics we can better enable nuclear engineers to design new nuclear technologies and improve existing technology. The applications of this work extend to reactor design and fuel cycle modeling, nuclear forensics, spent fuel storage, astrophysical processes, and nuclear safeguards.


His previous research focused on biophysics and specifically protein-protein interactions and electrostatics, pKas, etc. Under the mentorship of Dr. Emil Alexov at Clemson University, he was able to publish 5 peer-reviewed papers. He has participated in many summer research projects across the world including time at the European Centre for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*) in Trento, Italy; Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste in Trieste, Italy; and Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. In his spare time, he enjoys swing dancing and playing in Jazz  bands.


Bachelor of Science in Physics - Clemson University

Professional Service

  • Secretary of the Knoxville Swing Dance Association (Current) and Former President (2013-2016)

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • Summa Cum Laude - Clemson University
  • Clemson Faculty Scholar’s Award (Top of Graduating Class)
  • Clemson University Dixon Fellow
  • College of Engineering and Science Outstanding Senior 2011 - Clemson University
  • Physics Outstanding Senior Award 2011 - Clemson University
  • College of Engineering and Science Outstanding Junior ‘09 - Clemson University
  • Physics Outstanding Junior Award ‘09 - Clemson University
  • President’s and Dean’s List - Fall of 2007 through Spring 2011 - Clemson University
  • Calhoun Honors College Departmental & General Honors
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship


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