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Mark Weller was appointed to the Chair of Energy Materials in 2012. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1982 a received a D. Phil in 1985. He was appointed to a lectureship position at the University of Southampton in 1985 and promoted to a Chair in 1995. He currently works 0.6 FTE for the University of Bath.

Mark Weller’s research concerns the synthesis new materials with extended structures, the development and implementation of novel techniques to study their structures, and investigation their functionalities and physical properties (magnetic, optical and electronic), in relation to the determined structural and compositional features. Specific topics include photovoltaic materials, in particular the lead halide perovskites and related bismuth and antimony phase and Cu2ZnSnS4, Li- and Na- ion battery materials, and novel fluorescent materials based on sulfur anions.  He also has an active research program, collaborating with Dr Henrik Friis, University of Oslo on the minerals of Greenland and how their study can be used to develop new functional materials.

He has lead-supervised 54 PhD students to completion of their Ph.D.s and been funded on over 50 major projects by EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the EU and various industrial collaborators, particularly Merck KGaA.

Mark was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Meldola Medal in 1990 and the Hugo Müller Lectureship and Medal in 2008.

Mark is currently President of the Materials Chemistry Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is also a member of the RSC Awards Working Group and SEIB. He helps organise the successful series of RSC lectures in Materials Chemistry.

He is lead co-author of Oxford University Press’s “Inorganic Chemistry” the 6th Edition, which was published in 2014 and is translated in numerous foreign languages; the 7th Edition will be published in 2018. He has recently published (June 2017) a new text “Characterisation Methods in Inorganic Chemistry.

Mark has had an active outreach program covering the topics of pigment chemistry (“Creating a Colourful Life”) and the materials chemistry of natural minerals (“Materials Rock”). He also regularly gives Science Café lectures on fluorescent rocks and materials

His major research interests include

  • Synthesis and structural characterisation of hybrid photovoltaic materials
  • Energy storage and battery materials, specialist pigments, zeolites and photocatalysts
  • Applications of neutron diffraction in structure determination. Use of international Facilities such as ISIS and ILL, Grenoble  
  • Development of functional materials from naturally occurring minerals.

Education / Academic qualification

Chemistry, Master of Arts, University of Oxford

Chemistry , University of Oxford

Doctor of Philosophy

External positions

President, Materials Chemistry Division RSC , Royal Society of Chemistry

1 Jul 20151 Jul 2018

Awards Working Group, Royal Society of Chemistry

1 Jul 20151 Jul 2018

Science, Education and Industry Board, Royal Society of Chemistry

1 Jul 2015

Chair, Materials Chemistry Awards Group, Royal Society of Chemistry

1 Jul 20151 Jul 2018

Chair Materials Chemistry Small Grants Committee, Royal Society of Chemistry

1 Jul 20151 Jul 2018

Chair Materials Chemistry Travel Grants Committee

1 Jul 20151 Jul 2018

External Examiner - Chemistry, Aston University

1 Sep 20141 Oct 2018

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Synthesis of Well-Defined, Surfactant-Free Co3O4 Nanoparticles: The Impact of Size and Manganese Promotion on Co3O4 Reduction and Water Oxidation Activity

Pritchard, J., Morris, L., Walsh, D., Sadasivan, S., Menard, H., Bellabarba, R. M., Weller, M. & Tooze, R. 1 Jan 2018 In : Catalysis Letters. 148, 1, p. 235-245 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Surface active agents

Zinc tantalum oxynitride (ZnTaO2N) photoanode modified with cobalt phosphate layers for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of alkali water

Arunachalam, P., Shaddad, M. N., Ghanem, M. A., Al-Mayouf, A. M. & Weller, M. T. 18 Jan 2018 In : Nanomaterials. 8, 1, 48

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Bohseite, ideally Ca4Be4Si9O24(OH)4, from the Piława GóRNA quarry, the Góry Sowie Block, SW Poland

Szełeg, E., Zuzens, B., Hawthorne, F. C., Pieczka, A., Szuszkiewicz, A., Turniak, K., Nejbert, K., Ilnicki, S. S., Friis, H., Makovicky, E., Weller, M. T. & Lemée-Cailleau, M. H. 1 Feb 2017 In : Mineralogical Magazine. 81, 1, p. 35-46 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Characterisation Methods in Inorganic Chemistry

Weller, M. & Young, N. 27 Jun 2017 Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford. 336 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook