Preston university lecturer named Young Scientist of the Year

Posted on - 30th July, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Dr Mark Holden
Dr Mark Holden

A lecturer at a Preston university is the Young Scientist of the Year.


Dr Mark Holden has been recognised by the British Association for Crystal Growth.

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Dr Holden’s research focused on the factors controlling the formation of the first ice crystals on surfaces.

Lecturing in Chemistry at the University of Central Lancashire the 32-year-old’s work was published in the journal Science Advances.

Dr Holden said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. This is a significant moment in my career. To be recognised in this way by experts in the field is very gratifying and makes the hard work worthwhile.”


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Mark was nominated by Professor Fiona Meldrum who was his former supervisor at the University of Leeds.

She said: “Mark is an outstanding young scientist. This project called on skills he already possessed as a materials chemist but required him to learn new research techniques and analysis. He makes a wonderful recipient of this award.”

As well as the prize Dr Holden also bags himself £250.

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