Faculty profile

Mahdi Hesari

Assistant Professor


231 Shineman


The Hesari Lab focuses on interrogation of electrochemistry, spectroscopy and nanoscopy of rationally designed nanomaterials (e.g., metal nanoclusters, semiconductive crystals, etc.) toward energy conversion e.g., light harvesting and light emission processes. 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) statement: We are committed to improving diversity in the chemistry and chemical community through research and teaching activities, and also dedicated with full engagement in improving the culture in science. Our research group actively recruits and trains minority undergraduate and graduate students and encourage them in academic careers.


Askarova, G.; Hesari, M.; Wang, C.; Mirkin, M. V.*, Decoupling Through-tip Illumination from Scanning in Nanoscale photo-SECM.  Anal. Chem. 2022, 94, 7169–7173.

Hesari, M.*; Ding, Z.*, Identifying Highly Photoelectrochemical Active Sites of Two Au21 Nanocluster Isomers Toward Bright Near-infrared Electrochemiluminescence. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 19474−19485.

Hesari, M.*; Ding, Z.*, Efficient Near-infrared Electrochemiluminescence from Au18 Nanoclusters. Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 14821–14825.

Hesari, M.*; Ding, Z.*, Spooling Electrochemiluminescence Spectroscopy: Development, Applications and Beyond. Nat. Protoc. 2021, 16, 2109–2130.

Hesari, M.*; Ding, Z.*, A Perspective on Application of Carbon Quantum Dots in Luminescence Immunoassays. Front. Chem. 2020, 8.

Mao, X.; Liu, C.; Hesari, M.; Zou, N.; Chen, P.*, Super-resolution Imaging of Non-fluorescent Reactions via Competition. Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 687–694.

Hesari, M.; Sambur, J. B.; Mao, X.; Jung, W.; Chen, P.*, Quantifying Photocurrent Loss of a Single Particle–particle Interface in Nanostructured Photoelectrodes. Nano Lett. 2019, 19, 958–962.

Hesari, M.; Mao, X.; Chen, P.*, Charge Carrier Activity on Single-particle Photo(electro)catalysts: Toward Function in Solar Energy Conversion.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 6729–6740.


Post-doctoral associate, City University of New York, Queens College, USA.
Post-doctoral associate, Cornell University, USA.
Ph.D. in Analytical/ Physical Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, Canada.