Newspaper articles

Materials & Civilisation

The Observer, Sept 2014

World Cup 2022 can inspire cool ideas

The Observer, July 2014

I held a party for my washing machine

The Observer, June 2014

Why green milk bottle tops are not a green option

The Observer, April 2014

The lightbulb moment for solar power

The Observer, March 2014

Bye bye brolly: how to stay dry for ever

The Observer, Jan 2013

Science toys tried and tested

The Observer, Dec 2013

The technology that puts the human touch into prostheses

The Observer, Nov 2013

Hackspaces are the new Public Libraries

Wired, August 2013

The Future of Buildings

The Observer, June 2013

Steel on Film

BFI, Feb 2013

A battle for the soul of science and technology

The Engineer, Jan 2013

Carving a niche in a world of flaws

The Times, March 2012

Nanotechnology Q&A

The Guardian, Feb 2012

Small scale, massive impact: live nanotechnology Q&A

The Guardian, Dec 2011

Ten Questions Science Must Answer

The Guardian, Dec 2010

Who Are You?

Eureka Mag, The Times, Sept 2010

Disappearing Materials

The Times, 10th February 2010

Godfather of Instruction Manuals

The Guardian, 20th August 2009

Materials world

The Financial Times, 20th June 2009

It Just Keeps on Growing

The Guardian, 17th Nov 2008

Its a Printer Jim, but not as we know it

The Independent, 4th Feb 2008



Mark is a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group.

Mark received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK.  His research lab is based in the Mechanical Engineering Department of UCL. His research areas include self-assembling materials, self-healing materials, psychophysical properties of materials. He is part of the Thomas Young Centre.

Mark is the Director of the Institute of Making which is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities.

Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is human. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to tv, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the  2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, writes a column for The Observer, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC TV programmes.

Mark was recently included in the The Times list of the top 100 most influential people in UK science. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

How to Write an Instruction Manual

BBC Radio 4,

21st August 2009

Power Failure

BBC Radio 4,

9th April 2009

How to Make a

Perfect Coffee

Resonance FM

14th Sept 2008

Who Needs Scientists?

BBC Radio 4,

6th April 2008

Radio &  TV

Out Of This World

BBC Radio 4

11th February 2010

Recent Research Publications

Hashimdeen SH, Miodownik M, Edirisinghe MJ (2014) The Design and Construction of an Electrohydrodynamic Cartesian Robot for the Preparation of Tissue Engineering Constructs. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112166. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112166

Howes, P.,Wongsriruksa S., Witchel HJ., Laughlin Z, Miodownik M, (2014) The perception of materials through oral sensation, PLoS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105035

Hashimdeen SH, Miodownik M, Edirisinghe MJ (2013) Materials Science and Engineering C 33(6):3309-3318 2013

J. J. Munoz, V. Conte, N. Asadipour, M. Miodownik. (2013) A truss element for modelling reversible softening in living tissues. Mechanics Research Communications 49, 44-49.

Wongsriruksa S., Howes, P., Conreen M., and Miodownik M. (2012) The use of physical property data to predict the touch perception of materials. Materials & Design Vol 42, Pages 238–244.

Vito Conte, Florian Ulrich, Buzz Baum, Jose Muñoz, Jim Veldhuis, Wayne Brodland, Mark Miodownik (2012) A Biomechanical Analysis of Ventral Furrow Formation in the Drosophila Melanogaster Embryo

PLoS ONE 7(4): e34473.

Mokhtari O, Roshanghias A, Ashayer R, Kotadia HR, Khomamizadeh F, Kokabi AH, Clode MP, Miodownik M, Mannan SH (2012) Disabling of Nanoparticle Effects at Increased Temperature in Nanocomposite Solders Journal of Electronic Materials 1-8

Piqueras-Fiszman B, Laughlin Z, Miodownik M, Spence C (2012) Tasting spoons: Assessing how the material of a spoon affects the taste of the food. FQ & Pref 24(1):24-29

Laughlin Z., Conreen M., Witchel HJ. and Miodownik M. (2011) The use of standard electrode potentials to predict the taste of solid metals. FQ & Pref., 22 (7), pp. 628-637.

Brodland GW, Conte V, Cranston PG, Veldhuis J, Narasimhan S, Hutson MS, Jacinto A, Ulrich F, Baum B, Miodownik M. Video force microscopy reveals the mechanics of ventral furrow invagination in Drosophila. PNAS 2010 Dec 2

Cohen M, Baum B, Miodownik M. The importance of structured noise in the generation of self-organizing tissue patterns through contact-mediated cell-cell signalling. Journal of Royal Society Interface. 2010 Nov 17.

Michael Cohen and Marios Georgiou, Nicola L. Stevenson, Mark Miodownik and Buzz Baum. Dynamic filopodia transmit intermittent Delta-Notch signalling to drive pattern refinement during lateral inhibition. Developmental Cell, Vol. 19, No. 1. (20 July 2010), pp. 78-89.

Munoz J. J., Conte, V., and Miodownik M. A. Stress-dependent morphogenesis: continuum mechanics and truss systems. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 2010, Volume 9, Number 4, 451-467.

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures


28th, 29th & 30th December 2010

The Smell of


BBC Radio 4

1st March 2011


BBC2 TV Series

August 2011

Metal: How It Works


April 2012

Materials for Schools


April 2012

Plastic: How It Works


April 2012

Ceramics: How They Work


April 2012


Genius of Invention


Jan 2013

Major Research Projects

Light Touch Matters

EU Funded Materials Research Project

Wearable Assistive Materials

ESPRC Funded Healthcare Project

Materials Innovation Hub

EPSRC Funded Materials Project

Online Video

Why Is Glass Transparent?

TED-Ed, Feb 2014

Strange Material

Royal Institution, March 2013

Stuff Matters

UCL. March 2013

Mark’s book Stuff Matters is a guide to the material world, and the science, history, engineering, and culture that underpins it.

It is the winner of the Royal Society Winton Book Prize 2014

A New York Times Best Seller,  and one their 100 notable books of 2014. Read their review of its “hidden wonders” here.

The Wall Street Journal describes it as a thrilling account of the modern world.


Oliver Sacks: “I stayed up all night reading this book. Miodownik writes with such knowledge, such enthusiasm, such palpable love for his subject”

The Observer: “..deftly written, immensely enjoyable little book.” Full review here.

Alice Roberts: “An ode to material science. Miodownik delves into the molecules and history of metal, paper, concrete and chocolate, finding poetry and beauty in the details. It's also about the ingenuity of humankind, the unique ability of humans to understand the materials around us, and to manipulate them “

The Financial Times:Stuff Matters shows that a significant new talent has arrived in the ranks of popular science authors.” Full review here.

The Sunday Times: “A jaunty guide to things we take for granted, such as stainless steel, makes the most everyday seem thrilling.” Full review here.

The Times: “..a British brainbox with highly evolved sense of justice and not a bad sense of humour..”  Full reivew here.

The Guardian: “If anybody can put real impetus into George Osborne's call for a "march of the makers" it must be him: the very model of a modern materials man.” Full reivew here.

Stuff Matters is published worldwide in many languages.Find the UK edition here, the U.S. edition here.


Mark is on Twitter here 

For academic or research matters please contact him at UCL.

For media and speaking engagements please contact Jo Wander:

For enquiries about Stuff Matters please contact Peter Tallack:

Any Questions?

BBC Radio 4

23rd August 2013

Life Scientific

BBC Radio 4

11th March 2014


Sky at Night


June 2014

BBC Newsnight


July 2014

Everyday Miracles


Aug 2014