Dr Hessam Mehr

  • Research Fellow (School of Chemistry)

Biography

Hessam Mehr is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow working at the interface of chemistry, robotics, and computing science.

Following completion of his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (Sharif University of Technology, Tehran), he moved to Canada for a PhD in supramolecular chemistry with Prof. Mark MacLachlan (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), which he finished in 2017. He briefly left the academia to work on automated analysis of drug samples using NMR at Health Canada before coming to Glasgow to join the Cronin group as a post-doc in March 2018. He was involved in the development and validation of the XDL chemical programming language and exploration of its applications as universal code for chemical synthesis and autonomous discovery. Between February 2021 and April 2022, he oversaw the evolution of XDL from version 1.0 to 2.0, adding higher-level language constructs for expressing more complex chemical programs as well as an intuitive abstraction for executing multiple programs in parallel.

In May 2021, Dr Mehr was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (starting May 2022) in support of his proposal for next generation chemical discovery engines.

Research interests

  • Autonomated chemical discovery in complex systems
  • Probabilistic and logic techniques applied to discovery 
  • Language, compilation, and inference applied to chemical processes and systems
  • Novel reaction media (e.g. aerosols) for chemical discovery
  • High-bandwidth analytical techniques

Research groups

Publications

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Number of items: 14.

2024

Asche, S., Pow, R. W., Mehr, H. M. , Cooper, G. J. T. , Sharma, A. and Cronin, L. (2024) Evidence of selection in mineral mediated polymerization reactions executed in a robotic Chemputer system. ChemSystemsChem, 6(3), e202400006. (doi: 10.1002/syst.202400006)

Leonov, A. I. et al. (2024) An integrated self-optimizing programmable chemical synthesis and reaction engine. Nature Communications, 15, 1240. (doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-45444-3) (PMID:38336880) (PMCID:PMC10858227)

2023

M. Mehr, S. H. , Caramelli, D. and Cronin, L. (2023) Digitizing chemical discovery with a Bayesian explorer for interpreting reactivity data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120(17), e2220045120. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2220045120) (PMID:37068251)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Tang, A. W. and Laing, R. R. (2023) Automated qualitative and quantitative analysis of complex forensic drug samples using ¹H NMR. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 61(2), pp. 95-105. (doi: 10.1002/mrc.5265) (PMID:35246867)

2022

Rohrbach, S. et al. (2022) Digitization and validation of a chemical synthesis literature database in the ChemPU. Science, 377(6602), pp. 172-180. (doi: 10.1126/science.abo0058)

2021

Caramelli, D., Granda, J. M., Mehr, S. H. M. , Cambie, D. , Henson, A. B. and Cronin, L. (2021) Discovering new chemistry with an autonomous robotic platform driven by a reactivity-seeking neural network. ACS Central Science, 7(11), pp. 1821-1830. (doi: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00435)

Wilbraham, L. , Mehr, S. H. M. and Cronin, L. (2021) Digitizing chemistry using the chemical processing unit: from synthesis to discovery. Accounts of Chemical Research, 54(2), pp. 253-262. (doi: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00674) (PMID:33370095)

2020

Mehr, S. H. M. , Craven, M., Leonov, A. I., Keenan, G. and Cronin, L. (2020) A universal system for digitization and automatic execution of the chemical synthesis literature. Science, 370(6512), pp. 101-108. (doi: 10.1126/science.abc2986) (PMID:33004517)

2017

Mehr, S. H. M. , Oshima, H., Carta, V., Patrick, B. O., White, N. G. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2017) Tuning the tautomeric behavior of tris(salicylaldimines). Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 39, 8418. (doi: 10.1039/c7ob02058a) (PMID:28952647)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Depmeier, H., Fukuyama, K., Maghami, M. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2017) Formylation of phenols using formamidine acetate. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 15(3), 581. (doi: 10.1039/c6ob02727j) (PMID:28000831)

2016

Mehr, S. H. M. , Patrick, B. O. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2016) Stabilization of a strained heteroradialene by peripheral electron delocalization. Organic Letters, 18(8), pp. 1840-1843. (doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b00577) (PMID:27031736)

2015

Mehr, S. H. M. , Fukuyama, K., Bishop, S., Lelj, F. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2015) Deuteration of aromatic rings under very mild conditions through keto-enamine tautomeric amplification. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 80(10), pp. 5144-5150. (doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.5b00539) (PMID:25906051)

2013

Mehr, S. H. M. , Giese, M., Qi, H., Shopsowitz, K. E., Hamad, W. Y. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2013) Novel ppv/mesoporous organosilica composites: influence of the host chirality on a conjugated polymer guest. Langmuir, 29, pp. 12579-12584. (doi: 10.1021/la4024597) (PMID:24074378)

2012

Frischmann, P. D., Mehr, S. H. M. , Patrick, B. O., Lelj, F. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2012) Role of entropy and autosolvation in dimerization and complexation of C60 by Zn7 metallocavitands. Inorganic Chemistry, 51(6), pp. 3443-3453. (doi: 10.1021/ic202049t) (PMID:22375512)

This list was generated on Sat Jun 15 20:22:32 2024 BST.
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Number of items: 14.

Articles

Asche, S., Pow, R. W., Mehr, H. M. , Cooper, G. J. T. , Sharma, A. and Cronin, L. (2024) Evidence of selection in mineral mediated polymerization reactions executed in a robotic Chemputer system. ChemSystemsChem, 6(3), e202400006. (doi: 10.1002/syst.202400006)

Leonov, A. I. et al. (2024) An integrated self-optimizing programmable chemical synthesis and reaction engine. Nature Communications, 15, 1240. (doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-45444-3) (PMID:38336880) (PMCID:PMC10858227)

M. Mehr, S. H. , Caramelli, D. and Cronin, L. (2023) Digitizing chemical discovery with a Bayesian explorer for interpreting reactivity data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120(17), e2220045120. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2220045120) (PMID:37068251)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Tang, A. W. and Laing, R. R. (2023) Automated qualitative and quantitative analysis of complex forensic drug samples using ¹H NMR. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 61(2), pp. 95-105. (doi: 10.1002/mrc.5265) (PMID:35246867)

Rohrbach, S. et al. (2022) Digitization and validation of a chemical synthesis literature database in the ChemPU. Science, 377(6602), pp. 172-180. (doi: 10.1126/science.abo0058)

Caramelli, D., Granda, J. M., Mehr, S. H. M. , Cambie, D. , Henson, A. B. and Cronin, L. (2021) Discovering new chemistry with an autonomous robotic platform driven by a reactivity-seeking neural network. ACS Central Science, 7(11), pp. 1821-1830. (doi: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00435)

Wilbraham, L. , Mehr, S. H. M. and Cronin, L. (2021) Digitizing chemistry using the chemical processing unit: from synthesis to discovery. Accounts of Chemical Research, 54(2), pp. 253-262. (doi: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00674) (PMID:33370095)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Craven, M., Leonov, A. I., Keenan, G. and Cronin, L. (2020) A universal system for digitization and automatic execution of the chemical synthesis literature. Science, 370(6512), pp. 101-108. (doi: 10.1126/science.abc2986) (PMID:33004517)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Oshima, H., Carta, V., Patrick, B. O., White, N. G. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2017) Tuning the tautomeric behavior of tris(salicylaldimines). Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 39, 8418. (doi: 10.1039/c7ob02058a) (PMID:28952647)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Depmeier, H., Fukuyama, K., Maghami, M. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2017) Formylation of phenols using formamidine acetate. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 15(3), 581. (doi: 10.1039/c6ob02727j) (PMID:28000831)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Patrick, B. O. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2016) Stabilization of a strained heteroradialene by peripheral electron delocalization. Organic Letters, 18(8), pp. 1840-1843. (doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b00577) (PMID:27031736)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Fukuyama, K., Bishop, S., Lelj, F. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2015) Deuteration of aromatic rings under very mild conditions through keto-enamine tautomeric amplification. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 80(10), pp. 5144-5150. (doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.5b00539) (PMID:25906051)

Mehr, S. H. M. , Giese, M., Qi, H., Shopsowitz, K. E., Hamad, W. Y. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2013) Novel ppv/mesoporous organosilica composites: influence of the host chirality on a conjugated polymer guest. Langmuir, 29, pp. 12579-12584. (doi: 10.1021/la4024597) (PMID:24074378)

Frischmann, P. D., Mehr, S. H. M. , Patrick, B. O., Lelj, F. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2012) Role of entropy and autosolvation in dimerization and complexation of C60 by Zn7 metallocavitands. Inorganic Chemistry, 51(6), pp. 3443-3453. (doi: 10.1021/ic202049t) (PMID:22375512)

This list was generated on Sat Jun 15 20:22:32 2024 BST.

Grants

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship: Investigating the dark reactions present in chemical space

 

Supervision

Teaching

  1. Science Fundamentals Y1 (2022–23, 2023–24)
  2. Inorganic Chemistry Y3 

Professional activities & recognition

Research fellowships

  • 2022 - 2025: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship

Additional information

I am always happy to recruit motivated students who would like to engage in interdisciplinary research. Interested students with a background in chemistry, physics, or computer science are encouraged to enquire about PhD and other opportunities via email. My personal website (https://mehr-research.science) has more information about ongoing projects and areas of interest.