Kevin F. Kelly
Research Areas
  • Materials at Low Dimensions
  • Functional Materials for Energy

Research Description

His lab is currently focused on imaging and spectroscopy at the nanoscale as well as understanding the role of mathematics in image acquisition and interpretation. Their research includes the cutting-edge development and characterization of molecular machines such as the Nanocar and similar molecules, probing the electronic many-body physics in graphene and topological insulators, investigating charge transport in polymer photovoltaics, and designing compressive imaging optical microscopy systems for more efficiently measuring submicron optoelectronic properties. His compressive imaging research was selected as one of the top ten emerging technologies by Technology Review Magazine.


Kevin Kelly is currently an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and chair of the Applied Physics Program at Rice. He received a B.S. in engineering physics from Colorado School of Mines in 1993 and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice in 1999. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Materials Research in Sendai, Japan and in the chemistry department at Penn State University. He co-founded Inview Technology Corporation to commercialize compressive imaging. Along with Prof. Cyrus Mody, he has created and taught a course on technological disasters in the Department of History at Rice since 2009, and consulted for the Baker Institute on the commercial outlook of photovoltaics.