Mark Welland

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Sir Mark Welland
Born Mark Edward Welland
(1955-10-18) 18 October 1955 (age 61)[1]
Alma mater
Thesis A study of grain boundaries in copper and copper-bismuth alloy (1984)
Notable awards
Spouse Esme Lynora Otun[1]
Children Two sons, two daughters[1]

Sir Mark Edward Welland (born 1955)[1] FRS FREng[2] is professor of nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge and head of the Nanoscience Centre. He has been a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, since 1986 and started his career in nanotechnology at IBM Research, where he was part of the team that developed one of the first scanning tunneling microscopes.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] He was elected as the master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge and took up office on 1 October 2016.[12]


Welland completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in physics from the University of Leeds in 1979 and Master of Science[13] and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in physics from the University of Bristol in 1984 for research on grain boundaries.[14][15]


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. Until 2008, he was 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. He is also a Member of Council of the Royal United Services Institute.

Welland 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.[16]

Welland's research has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).[17]

In 2016 he was appointed Master of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge,[18] where he took office in September 2016.

Awards and honours[edit]

Welland was knighted in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours.[19][20] In 2002, his contributions to nanotechnology research were recognised through his election to Fellowships of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering.[2] His nomination for the Royal Society reads:

In 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Bristol.


  1. ^ a b c d WELLAND, Sir Mark (Edward). Who's Who. 2014 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b "List of Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering". 
  3. ^ Porter, A. E.; Gass, M.; Muller, K.; Skepper, J. N.; Midgley, P. A.; Welland, M. (2007). "Direct imaging of single-walled carbon nanotubes in cells". Nature Nanotechnology. 2 (11): 713–7. Bibcode:2007NatNa...2..713P. doi:10.1038/nnano.2007.347. PMID 18654411. 
  4. ^ Knowles, T. P.; Fitzpatrick, A. W.; Meehan, S.; Mott, H. R.; Vendruscolo, M.; Dobson, C. M.; Welland, M. E. (2007). "Role of Intermolecular Forces in Defining Material Properties of Protein Nanofibrils". Science. 318 (5858): 1900. Bibcode:2007Sci...318.1900K. doi:10.1126/science.1150057. PMID 18096801. 
  5. ^ Smith, J. F.; Knowles, T. P. J.; Dobson, C. M.; MacPhee, C. E.; Welland, M. E. (2006). "Characterization of the nanoscale properties of individual amyloid fibrils". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 103 (43): 15806. Bibcode:2006PNAS..10315806S. doi:10.1073/pnas.0604035103. 
  6. ^ Shu, W.; Liu, D.; Watari, M.; Riener, C. K.; Strunz, T.; Welland, M. E.; Balasubramanian, S.; McKendry, R. A. (2005). "DNA Molecular Motor Driven Micromechanical Cantilever Arrays". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127 (48): 17054. doi:10.1021/ja0554514. PMID 16316252. 
  7. ^ Knowles, T. P.; Waudby, C. A.; Devlin, G. L.; Cohen, S. I.; Aguzzi, A; Vendruscolo, M; Terentjev, E. M.; Welland, M. E.; Dobson, C. M. (2009). "An analytical solution to the kinetics of breakable filament assembly". Science. 326 (5959): 1533–7. Bibcode:2009Sci...326.1533K. doi:10.1126/science.1178250. PMID 20007899. 
  8. ^ Mark Welland's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Cowburn, R. P.; Koltsov, D. K.; Adeyeye, A. O.; Welland, M. E. (1999). "Single-Domain Circular Nanomagnets". Physical Review Letters. 83 (5): 1042. Bibcode:1999PhRvL..83.1042C. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.1042. 
  10. ^ Cowburn, R. P. (2000). "Room Temperature Magnetic Quantum Cellular Automata". Science. 287 (5457): 1466. Bibcode:2000Sci...287.1466C. doi:10.1126/science.287.5457.1466. 
  11. ^ Barnes, J. R.; Stephenson, R. J.; Welland, M. E.; Gerber, C.; Gimzewski, J. K. (1994). "Photothermal spectroscopy with femtojoule sensitivity using a micromechanical device". Nature. 372 (6501): 79. Bibcode:1994Natur.372...79B. doi:10.1038/372079a0. 
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  13. ^ Welland, Mark Edward (1979). An investigation into the properties of migrating grain boundaries using Micro-Mossel X-ray diffraction (MSc thesis). University of Bristol. 
  14. ^ Welland, Mark Edward (1984). A study of grain boundaries in copper and copper-bismuth alloy (PhD thesis). University of Bristol. 
  15. ^ Professor Mark Welland
  16. ^ New Chief Scientific Adviser at the MOD, MoD Press Release, 3 April 2008.
  17. ^ UK Government grants awarded to Mark Welland, via Research Councils UK
  18. ^ rb675. "The next Master of St Catharine's". St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  19. ^ "(Supplement) no. 59808". The London Gazette. 11 June 2011. p. 2. 
  20. ^ "Queen's birthday honours list: Knights". London: The Guardian. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "EC/2002/41: Welland, Mark Edward". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-11-23.