Mark Miodownik


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 an engineer and materials scientist. He is the Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and conducts his research.

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 interests include self-assembling materials, self-healing materials, psychophysical properties of materials, sensoaesthetic properties of materials.

Mark is the Director of the UCL 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 presented the  2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures which were broadcast on BBC Four. Mark was recently included in the The Times list of the top 100 most influential people in science.

His next public event:

Cementing the future: taking the world's most popular material out of its comfort zone.

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copyright The Times

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


Out Of This World

BBC Radio 4

11th February 2010

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.

Recent Research Publications

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures


28th, 29th & 30th December 2010

The Smell of


BBC Radio 4

1st March 2011


BBC2 TV Series

August 2011

Ri Lectures Japan


Dec 2011