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Mark C. Hersam

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Electrical and Computer Engineering

Director, Materials Research Science and Engineering (MRSEC)


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036; Office - Cook 1135
Evanston, IL 60208

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The Hersam Research Group


Materials Science and Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics

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Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, IL

M.Phil. Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, IL

Research Interests

Low-Dimensional Nanoelectronic Materials

The Hersam Research Group specializes in the synthesis, purification, functionalization, and application of low-dimensional nanoelectronic materials including monodisperse carbon nanotubes, graphene, plasmonic nanoparticles, transition metal dichalcogenides, hexagonal boron nitride, black phosphorus, and borophene. Surface chemical functionalization allows further tunability over the properties of these low-dimensional nanoelectronic materials including self-assembled monolayers on epitaxial graphene, covalent functionalization of graphene epoxide, monolayer molybdenum disulfide, graphene nanoribbons on germanium, surface passivation of black phosphorus, and organic-borophene heterostructures. The integration of these diverse materials into mixed-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures enables significant advances in diverse applications including thin-film transistors, memristors, transparent conductors, photovoltaics, batteries, biosensors, and quantum computing. In addition to fundamental studies, the Hersam Research Group commercializes low-dimensional nanoelectronic materials through scalable nanomanufacturing methods such as continuous flow solution processing and a range of printing methods encompassing inkjet, aerosol jet, gravure, screen, and 3D printing.

Significant Recognition

  • MacArthur Fellowship, 2014
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, 2014
  • ACS Arthur K. Doolittle Award in Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering, 2013
  • APS Fellow, 2012
  • MRS Fellow, 2012
  • SPIE Fellow, 2012
  • AVS Fellow, 2012
  • Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 2010
  • SES Research Young Investigator Award, Electrochemical Society, 2010
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2009
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University 2007
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award, ECE Department, UIUC, 2007
  • AVS Peter Mark Award, 2006
  • TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award, 2006
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2005
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2005
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, 2005
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Teacher of the Year in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2003
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002
  • Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, 2001
  • IBM Distinguished Fellowship, 1999
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1997
  • British Marshall Scholarship, 1996

Selected Publications

    V. K. Sangwan and M. C. Hersam, “Neuromorphic nanoelectronic materials,” Nature Nanotechnology, 15, 517 (2020).

    M. E. Beck, A. Shylendra, V. K. Sangwan, S. Guo, W. A. Gaviria Rojas, H. Yoo, H. Bergeron, K. Su, A. R. Trivedi, and M. C. Hersam, “Spiking neurons from tunable Gaussian heterojunction transistors,” Nature Communications, 11, 1565 (2020).

    X. Liu and M. C. Hersam, "2D materials for quantum information science," Nature Reviews Materials, 4, 669 (2019).

    W. J. Hyun, A. C. M. de Moraes, J.-M. Lim, J. R. Downing, K.-Y. Park, M. T. Z. Tan, and M. C. Hersam, "High-modulus hexagonal boron nitride nanoplatelet gel electrolytes for solid-state rechargeable lithium-ion batteries," ACS Nano, 13, 9664 (2019).

    V. K. Sangwan, H.-S. Lee, H. Bergeron, I. Balla, M. E. Beck, K.-S. Chen, and M. C. Hersam, "Multi-terminal memtransistors from polycrystalline monolayer MoS2," Nature, 554, 500 (2018).

    A. J. Mannix, Z. Zhang, N. P. Guisinger, B. I. Yakobson, and M. C. Hersam, "Borophene as a prototype for synthetic 2D materials development," Nature Nanotechnology, 13, 444 (2018).

    X. Liu and M. C. Hersam, "Interface characterization and control of 2D materials and heterostructures," Advanced Materials, 30, 1801586 (2018).

    D. Jariwala, T. J. Marks, and M. C. Hersam, "Mixed-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures," Nature Materials, 16, 170 (2017).

    J. Kang, V. K. Sangwan, J. D. Wood, and M. C. Hersam, "Solution-based processing of monodisperse two-dimensional nanomaterials," Accounts of Chemical Research, 50, 943 (2017).

    K.-S. Chen, I. Balla, N. S. Luu, and M. C. Hersam, "Emerging opportunities for two-dimensional materials in lithium-ion batteries," ACS Energy Letters, 2, 2026 (2017).