As of November 1 2019, I hold the Roland Cookson Chair in Engineering Materials at Newcastle University. Before this, I was Professor of Soft Matter Physics at the University of Sheffield. 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 Maryam, Amy, Chris, and Sarah on their graduation January 14, 2016.

On January 14, 2016, four of my research students received their PhDs from the University of Sheffield. Seeing one of your students graduate is a very proud moment for any supervisor but to have four at the same ceremony is very unusual. Maryam Raftari (front left), Sarah Canning (front right), Amy Hall (rear left), and Chris Clarkson (rear right) have all had very different journeys in obtaining their doctorate, but the goal of a Sheffield PhD is the same and they all deserve plaudits for what they have achieved. Whilst they are each wearing the doctoral dress of the University of Sheffield, I am wearing my own doctoral gown, which is that of the University of Cambridge.

Research highlights from my group include the directed diffusion of single polymer molecules, the stage-dependent adhesion of Leishmania mexicana, and the switchable adhesion of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes.

Single polymer diffusion, adhesion of Leishmania, and switchable 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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