Newspaper articles



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

 

Biography


Mark is an engineer and materials scientist. He is the 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 2013 he won the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal. In 2014 he won UCL Media Communicator of the Year.

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 (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

BBC4

28th, 29th & 30th December 2010

The Smell of

Money

BBC Radio 4

1st March 2011

Wonderstuff

BBC2 TV Series

August 2011

Metal: How It Works

BBC4

April 2012

Materials for Schools

BBC2

April 2012

Plastic: How It Works

BBC4

April 2012

Ceramics: How They Work

BBC4

April 2012

Book

Genius of Invention

BBC2

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.


The new U.S edition is a New York Times Best Seller, read their review of its “hidden wonders” here.


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


Longlisted for the Royal Society Winton Book Prize 2014


Reviews:


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.

CONTACT


Mark is on Twitter here 

For academic or research matters please contact him at UCL.

For media and speaking engagements please contact Jo Wander: jo@jowandermanagement.com

For enquiries about Stuff Matters please contact Peter Tallack: info@sciencefactory.co.uk

Any Questions?

BBC Radio 4

23rd August 2013

Life Scientific

BBC Radio 4

11th March 2014

Impacts

Sky at Night

BBC4

June 2014

BBC Newsnight

BBC2

July 2014