Mark Hersam

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Mark C. Hersam
Mark C. Hersam
Born (1975-01-31) January 31, 1975 (age 42)
Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.
Residence U.S.
Nationality American
Fields Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering
Institutions Northwestern University
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Cambridge
Doctoral students Nathan Guisinger
Known for Density Gradient Ultracentrifugation (DGU) of carbon nanotubes

Contributions in the fields of nanotechnology and nanochemistry.
Notable awards Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2010)
SES Research Young Investigator Award, Electrochemical Society (2010)
Peter Mark Memorial Award (2006)
TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award (2006)
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2005)

Mark C. Hersam is a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science Engineering at Northwestern University (2000–present) who, according to the National Science Foundation, has made "major breakthrough[s]" [1] in the field of nanotechnology. He is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award and a 1996 Marshall Scholar.[2] He is also an Associate Editor of ACS Nano.

Education and early academic work[edit]


Mark Hersam attended Downers Grove South High School in Downers Grove, IL where he was Valedictorian[3] and an Eagle Scout. He then went on to receive his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. Upon winning the Marshall Scholarship,[4] Hersam received a M.Phil. in Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge in 1997. His Ph.D was granted from the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000.

Early work[edit]

While at UIUC, Hersam did research[5] under Professor David Ruzic[6] in the Nuclear Engineering Department and Professor Joseph Lyding[7] in the Electrical Engineering Department.

After graduating from UIUC, Hersam was an intern at the Argonne National Laboratory where he did research in the Energy Technology Division studying the energy-related applications of surface acoustic-wave-based sensing.

While at Cambridge University, Hersam was advised by Mark Welland and the two co-authored the paper "Potentiometry and repair of electrically stressed nanowires using atomic force microscopy"[8] in the journal of Applied Physics Letters.

As a doctoral candidate, Hersam again worked with Professor Joseph Lyding at the Beckman Institute where they studied "atomic level manipulation and silicon-based molecular nanotechnology."[9]


Authored 137 peer-reviewed publications[10]
Creator of the Hersam Group at Northwestern University[11]

Corporate connections and applications[edit]

Honors and achievements[edit]



  • Searle Center for Teaching Excellence Junior Fellow, 2001
  • IBM Distinguished Fellowship, 1999
  • Koehler Graduate Fellowship, 1998
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1997
  • British Marshall Scholarship, 1996

Professional organizations and societies[edit]

  • Co-Chair of the NSF International Study of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, 2009-
  • AVS Nanometer-scale Science and Technology Division Executive Board Member, 2003-2005, 2007-2009[27]
  • Review of Scientific Instruments Editorial Board Member, 2001-2003[28]
  • Nanopatterning Synergistic Research Group Leader, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, 2001-[29]
  • Director of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center Research Experience for Undergraduates, 2001-[30]
  • National Science Foundation SBIR, IMR/MRI, MRSEC and NUE Panelist

In 2016, he was selected as a U.S. Science Envoy by the United States State Department.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Hersam hosts Undergraduate Research Experience opportunity[30] for students each summer.

See also[edit]

Notable Carbon Nanotube Scientists:

Notable Northwestern University Professors:


  1. ^ National Science Foundation
  2. ^ New York Times 2014 Sep 17
  3. ^ iCARE Profile Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Marshall Scholarship
  5. ^ Discussion on UIUC Undergraduate Research Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Professor David Ruzic Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Professor Joseph Lyding[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ M. C. Hersam, A. C. F. Hoole, S. J. O'Shea, and M. E. Welland, “Potentiometry and repair of electrically stressed nanowires using atomic force microscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett., 72, 915 (1998)
  9. ^ Synergy (Beckman Institute - Hersam Interview) Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Mark Hersam Publications Profile
  11. ^ Listing of Hersam Group publications
  12. ^ NanoIntegris
  13. ^ IBM Nanoscience
  14. ^ Mark Hersam - Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering Listing
  15. ^ Mark Hersam Receives Outstanding Young Investigator Award, February 11, 2010
  16. ^ Argonne National Laboratory - Awards Received by CEES Researchers
  17. ^ UIUC Young Alumni Achievement Award, 2007
  18. ^ Peter Mark Memorial Award
  19. ^ Robert Lansing Hardy Award, 2006
  20. ^ NCLT News, Wednesday, 02 August 2006
  21. ^ a b Northwestern University Bio
  22. ^ AVS Profile Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ "Mark C. Hersam". Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  24. ^ Gregory Stillman Semiconductor Research Award
  25. ^ AVS Graduate Research Award Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Hersam Group Profile
  27. ^ AVS NSTD Executive Board Listing Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Review of Scientific Instruments Editorial Information
  29. ^ NSEC - Northwestern University
  30. ^ a b Northwestern University REU Program
  31. ^ "Announcement of U.S. Science Envoys". United States Department of State. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 

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