I hold the Roland Cookson Chair in Engineering Materials at Newcastle University. My research interests centre around the physics of polymers at surfaces and interfaces, heterogeneous media (gels), semiconducting polymers, biophysics, and soft nanotechnology.
Photograph of Mark with Katarina and Adriana at BBC Newcastle on November 23, 2023.

In November 2023, I was invited to talk on the BBC Radio Newcastle Breakfast Show with my colleagues Drs Adriana Sierra Romero (left) and Katarina Novakovic (right). We were there to talk about the reversible glue that we recently invented. There is a recording of the interview available, if you are really curious and are located in the UK.

Research highlights from my group include the directed diffusion of single polymer molecules, the stage-dependent adhesion of Leishmania mexicana, and as mentioned above, a new reversible glue!

Single polymer diffusion, adhesion of Leishmania, and reversible adhesion.

I have recently written a book on polymer electronics with my colleague Georges Hadziioannou of the University of Bordeaux.

Polymer Electronics book & Georges Hadziioannou.

I am also a co-author and co-editor of Nanoscale Science and Technology, a textbook introducing nanoscience and nanotechnology to final year undergraduates and graduate students.           

Nanoscale Science and Technology book.

Georges presents the book to M. Hollande.

Right: The French President, M. François Hollande (left) visited my colleague Georges in Bordeaux in January 2013, whereupon Georges presented him with the first copy of our book, Polymer Electronics. I had to wait until April, like everyone else, to get my copy.

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