Mark Wilson is Professor of Computational Chemistry and former Head of Chemistry at Durham. After obtaining a First Class degree in Chemistry in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Sheffield, he became a SERC Fellow at the H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory (University of Bristol). He took up his first lectureship post in the Department of Physics at the University of Lancaster 1990–1995, moved to Durham as a lecturer in chemistry in December 1995, became a professor in 2009 and Head of Department in August 2014. Awards include the British Liquid Crystal Society young scientist prize, a Turner prize from the University of Sheffield (best thesis prize), a Pilkington prize from the University of Lancaster (best teaching across science) and the Durham Student's Union Science Lecturer of the Year Award (2013).
His research interests cover the area of soft matter simulations, concentrating on liquid crystals, polymers, dendrimers, complex fluids, proteins and membranes and nanostructured soft materials. Much of the work uses molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods employing simulations at both atomistic and coarse-grained levels.
He has been chair of the British Liquid Crystal Society, chair of Faraday Discussion 144 on Multiscale Modelling of Soft Matter, and editor of special editions of Soft Matter (2009) and the Journal of Materials Chemistry (2010) devoted to modelling studies. He has given over 20 plenary and invited talks at national and international meetings over the last 6 years, is author of over 100 publications, and has been PI or CoI on 17 successful grants awarded by the UK research council EPSRC in addition to a series of grants from industry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).