About the Author


Dr. Mark Biesinger, 
Director, Surface Science Western, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Mark C. Biesinger is the director of Surface Science Western (Western University), Canada’s leading surface analysis and materials characterization facility. Mark is an internationally recognized expert in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). He has several highly-cited publications in the field which focus on improvements in both sample analysis and data interpretation techniques, particularly in the analysis of transition metals. Mark also authors and maintains the X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) Reference Pages, a repository of techniques, tips and reference materials designed to help XPS users worldwide. He is author or co-author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications and has issued over 3000 proprietary technical reports to industry.

Mark joined Surface Science Western in 1992, first as a Chemistry graduate student examining the reactions of toxic gases on military grade charcoal filters, and then, in 1995, as a full-time Research Scientist. He has extensive experience with SSW’s wide range of surface analysis and materials characterization techniques including 25+ years of experience operating and maintaining various XPS, SEM/EDX, optical microscopes, and static and ToF-SIMS instruments.

Starting in 2010, Mark has led SSW’s business development, marketing, academic interaction and larger collaborative and commercial research project portfolios.

Mark also serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the Division of Surface Science of the Chemical Institute of Canada, is an avid fisherman, photographer and collector of family recipes.