About the Author

Dr. Mark Biesinger
Dr. Mark Biesinger,
Director, Surface Science Western,
Adjunct Research Professor, Dept. of Chemistry,
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 seminal and 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 75 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.

In 2020, Mark was awarded Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials, in 2021, the Vebleo Scientist Award, and in 2022, the American Vacuum Society – Applied Surface Science Division Peter M.A. Sherwood Mid-Career Professional Award. Mark is also listed on Stanford’s World’s Top 2% Scientists List (2018-2023). He also serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the Division of Surface Science of the Chemical Institute of Canada, is an avid fisherman and collector of family recipes.