About the Author



Dr. Mark Biesinger, Manager, Research and Business Development, Surface Science Western, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

As Research and Business Development Manager, Mark oversees business development, marketing, academic interaction, and larger collaborative and commercial research project portfolios at Surface Science Western.

One of Mark’s areas of scientific expertise is X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). He has several highly cited publications in this area, which focus on improvements in both sample analysis and data interpretation techniques, particularly in the analysis of transition metals. He 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.

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 specializing in SEM/EDX and XPS analysis of coating defects and failures. Since that time, he has continued to develop paint and coating surface analysis techniques that have benefited over 100 different companies. Additionally, Mark continues to participate in the development of Surface Science Western’s industry-leading static SIMS analysis techniques. This has led to a number of papers and a patent on the use of ToF-SIMS imaging with principal components analysis (PCA).

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.