Dr. Jennifer Hampton

Associate Professor of Physics
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Jennifer Hampton joined the Department of Physics in 2007. She teaches in all areas of the physics curriculum, from introductory classes to upper-level lectures and labs. Her research interests are highly multidisciplinary, drawing from chemistry and materials engineering as well as physics. Jenny's collaborative research with students focuses on understanding and controlling the fabrication of micro- and nanostructured metal and alloy materials, particularly for battery and fuel cell applications. She also serves as the faculty contact for the Materials Characterization Lab, which includes the college's scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope.

AREAS OF Expertise

  • Electrochemistry
  • Nanoscale science
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Batteries and fuel cells


  • Ph.D., physics, Cornell University, 2002
  • M.S., physics, Cornell University, 1999
  • M.Phil., physics, The University of Cambridge, 1996
  • B.A, physics, Oberlin College, 1995

Recent Grants

  • National Science Foundation, “RUI: Electrochemically Modified Electrodeposited Alloy Materials for Energy Storage Applications,” $169,279, 2016–2019
  • National Science Foundation,“RUI: Microstructuring and Catalytic Behavior of Electrodeposited Nanoporous Alloys,” $134,626, 2011–2016
  • National Science Foundation, “MRI: Acquisition of an Atomic Force Microscope for Materials Characterization at Hope College,” $214,750, 2011–2014
  • National Science Foundation, “REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics at Hope College,” $187,317, 2010–2014

Selected PUBLIcations

  • “Dealloying Behavior of NiCo and NiCoCu Thin Films,” International Journal of Electrochemistry, 2016
  • “Physical and Electrochemical Area Determination of Electrodeposited Ni, Co, and NiCo Thin Films,” Nano Convergence, 2016
  • “Hydrogen evolution reaction measurements of dealloyed porous NiCu,” Nanoscale Research Letters, 2013
  • “Analysis of Electrodeposited Nickel-Iron Alloy Film Composition Using Particle-Induced X-ray Emission,” International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 2011
  • “An electrochemical cell for the efficient turn around of wafer working electrodes,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 2010
  • “What I Wish I Had Known, Part 3: At home in the borderlands,” Books & Culture Web Exclusives, March 20, 2013

View more of Jennifer’s work on Digital Commons

Outside the College

Jenny is a member of Faith Christian Reformed Church in Holland, where she regularly participates in the worship team and has served on the missions team and as a pastoral deacon. In her free time, she enjoys reading (particularly historical and speculative fiction) and performing and listening to music.

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Dr. Jennifer Hampton

Phone Number616.395.7256

VanderWerf-Room 217A 27 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3617
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