Mark Welland


Mark Welland

Sir Mark Edward Welland FRS FREng, is a professor and the head of the Cambridge University Nanoscience Centre. He started his career in nanotechnology at IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, U.S., where he was part of the team that developed one of the first scanning tunneling microscopes.

Having completed a BSc degree at the University of Leeds and a PhD degree at the University of Bristol,[1] Welland moved to Cambridge in 1987 and set up the first tunneling microscopy group in the UK in collaboration with John Pethica. Currently at the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Cambridge researches into a number of aspects of nanotechnology ranging from sensors for medical applications to understanding and controlling the properties of nanoscale structures and devices.

In a recent award by the UK Research Councils, Welland has been made Director of an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in nanotechnology that, along with a purpose-built facility, represents an investment of $28 million for nanotechnology research at Cambridge. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Institute of Physics journal Nanotechnology, established in 1990, and, along with many other contributions at an International level, co-chairs the recently established Co-operative Research Initiative in Nanotechnology (CORINT) between the UK and Japan with Hiroyuki Sakaki of the University of Tokyo. In 2002 his contributions to nanotechnology research were recognised through his election to Fellowships of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also a Member of Council of the Royal United Services Institute.

He is also on the advisory board of Seraphima Ventures - a venture capital firm focusing mainly on nanotechnology startup companies.

In April 2008 he was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to the Ministry of Defence.[2]

Welland was knighted in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[3][4]

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