Dr Mark Holden

Dr. Mark Holden

Lecturer in Chemistry

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Leighton Building, LE115

+44 (0) 1772 89 6417

mholden10@uclan.ac.uk

Mark is a lecturer in chemistry. His research interests lie broadly in the field of crystallisation, with particular interests in observing crystallisation using AFM, and understanding the role of nucleants in heterogeneous nucleation. His research uses laboratory studies to understand which properties cause some nucleants to be significantly more effective than others, with a focus on the role of atmospheric aerosols in cloud ice formation.

Research Groups

Functional Materials

Full Profile

Mark’s research interests lie broadly in the field of crystallisation, with specific interests in observing crystallisation using AFM, and heterogeneous nucleation. His interests in heterogeneous nucleation are centred around understanding the role of nucleants, focussing on the role of atmospheric aerosols in cloud ice formation.  These laboratory studies aim to improve our fundamental understanding of nucleation, where this understanding will be used to design nucleants to control crystallisation.

Previously, Mark was awarded an MChem degree in chemistry from the University of Manchester in 2008, before studying for a PhD at the same university under the supervision of Professor Mike Anderson. This work investigated the crystal growth of zeotype materials using atomic force microscopy (AFM).  

Following his PhD, Mark worked as an analytical radiochemist at AMEC (now Wood plc). He then took up a postdoctoral research position at the University of Leeds, studying the role of topography in heterogeneous nucleation. This multidisciplinary research was carried out in the groups of Professor Hugo Christenson, Professor Fiona Meldrum and Professor Ben Murray. The focus of this research was investigating ice nucleation on mineral surfaces to determine why certain mineral dust aerosols cause ice formation in clouds. 

Qualifications

Ph.D. Materials Chemistry, University of Manchester, 2012

MChem Chemistry, University of Manchester, 2008

Memberships
  • MRSC