Mark Welland

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Sir Mark Welland
Born Mark Edward Welland
(1955-10-18)18 October 1955[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]


Welland completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in physics from the University of Leeds in 1979 and Master of Science[12] and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in physics from the University of Bristol in 1984 for research on grain boundaries.[13][14]


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.[15]

Welland's research has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).[16]

Awards and Honours

Welland was knighted in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours.[17][18] 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 WELLAND, Sir Mark (Edward). Who's Who. 2014 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "List of Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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. doi:10.1038/nnano.2007.347. PMID 18654411.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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. doi:10.1126/science.1150057. PMID 18096801.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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. doi:10.1073/pnas.0604035103.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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. doi:10.1126/science.1178250. PMID 20007899.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Mark Welland's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  9. Cowburn, R. P.; Koltsov, D. K.; Adeyeye, A. O.; Welland, M. E. (1999). "Single-Domain Circular Nanomagnets". Physical Review Letters. 83 (5): 1042. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.1042.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Cowburn, R. P. (2000). "Room Temperature Magnetic Quantum Cellular Automata". Science. 287 (5457): 1466. doi:10.1126/science.287.5457.1466.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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. doi:10.1038/372079a0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Welland, Mark Edward (1979). An investigation into the properties of migrating grain boundaries using Micro-Mossel X-ray diffraction (MSc thesis). University of Bristol.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Welland, Mark Edward (1984). A study of grain boundaries in copper and copper-bismuth alloy (PhD thesis). University of Bristol.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Professor Mark Welland
  15. New Chief Scientific Adviser at the MOD, MoD Press Release, 3 April 2008.
  16. UK Government grants awarded to Mark Welland, via Research Councils UK
  17. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59808. p. 2. 11 June 2011.
  18. "Queen's birthday honours list: Knights". London: The Guardian. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "EC/2002/41: Welland, Mark Edward". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>