What I am all about.
I grew up in Farsley, near Leeds. I attended St Mary's R.C. Comprehensive School and then left Leeds for Pembroke College, Cambridge where I read Natural Sciences. I settled in Cambridge and crossed the road to join the Department of Engineering where I briefly worked as a Research Assistant and then completed a PhD in carbon nanotubes and electron beams.
I continued at the department as a Research Associate and diversified into thin film deposition, devices and displays. Whilst there I also undertook undergraduate teaching of both Physics and Electrical Engineering, project-managed UK government and EU-sponsored collaborative projects, mentored a few PhD students, gave talks (many invited) at a variety of conferences around the world, did practical exams and took on a remote lectureship at Kyung Hee University in Korea.
I then had a change in direction. I joined the BBC's Research and Development Department in 2010. I have undertaken research in music information retrieval, audio broadcasting, mobile and second screen applications. I focussed on image processing, especially with regard to sport but I now work as a Technology Transfer Manager, getting the inventions and technical developments R&D produce out into the BBC and the wider broadcast industry.
In 2015 I took up a position as a Senior Technology Transfer Manager at Oxford University Innovation, the commercial arm of the University of Oxford. At OUI I am responsible for licensing and spinning out technology and ideas developed at the University. My portfolio of projects covers a wide range of technologies coming from the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering Science, Physics and Computer Science. I am also responsible for the Humanities & Social Sciences Divisions where we are substantially increasing our activity and developing ideas and projects.
I married Karen in 2008 and my daughter Tilly came along in 2012 followed by my son, Henry in 2014 and we currently live in Oxfordshire.
This is my YouTube channel where you'll find my vlog and other videos I've put together as part of my work.
Companies I have spun out.
Publications in the press and interesting projects followed by a complete history of my academic articles.
"Carbon nanotubes as electron sources" M. Mann, K.B.K. Teo, W.I. Milne. Carbon Based Nanomaterials by Trans Tech Publishers, Switzerland. 2008 [paper]
"Synthesis and Fabrication of Novel Carbon Nanostructures." M. Mann, W.I. Milne, Emerging Nanotechnologies for Manufacturing, William and Andrew Publishing, US, 2009. [paper]
"Preparation of patterned CNT emitters." M. Mann, W.I. Milne, K.B.K. Teo, Carbon Nanotube and Related Field Emitters: Fundamentals and Applications, John Wiley Publishing, US, 2010. [paper]
"Novel Nanostructured Carbon Nanotube Electron Sources." Cole, M. T., Mann, M., Li, C., Hou, K., Zhang, Y., Qing, X., ... & Milne, W. I. (2012, July). In Advances in Nanodevices and Nanofabrication: Selected Publications from Symposium of Nanodevices and Nanofabrication in ICMAT2011 (p. 2). Pan Stanford Pub. [paper]
Chapter 1: Properties of Carbon Nanotubes[pdf]
Chapter 2: Engineering the Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes[pdf]
Chapter 3: The Production of Carbon Nanotube Electron Sources[pdf]
Chapter 4: Field Emission from Manufactured Carbon Nanotube Electron Sources [pdf]
Chapter 5: Carbon Nanotube Electron Sources: In the Microscope[pdf]
Chapter 6: Discussion, Conclusions and Proposed Future Work[pdf]
White Paper WHP 228: "Musical Moods: A Mass Participation Experiment for the Affective Classification of Music" Sam Davies, Penny Allen, Mark Mann, Trevor Cox. 2012 [paper]
White Paper WHP 234: "Enhancing Viewer Engagement Using Biomechanical Analysis of Sport" Robert Dawes, Mark Mann, Bruce Weir, Chris Pike, Paul Golds, Martin Nicholson. 2012 [paper]
White Paper WHP 272: "Object-Based Audio Applied to Football Broadcasts" Mark Mann, Anthony Churnside, Andrew Bonney, Frank Melchior. 2013 [paper]
"Helium detection via field ionisation from carbon Nanotubes," D.J. Riley, M. Mann, D.A. MacLaren, P.C. Dastoor, W. Allison, K.B.K. Teo, G.A.J. Amaratunga and W.I. Milne, Nanoletters 3, 1455 (2003). [paper]
"Statistical Mechanics and Reversible States In Quasi-Static Powders." A. Chakravarty, S. F. Edwards, D. V. Grinev, M. Mann, T. Phillipson, A. J. Walton. Quasi-static Deformations of Particulate Materials, Ed. K. Bagi, 123-135, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Publishing Company, Budapest (2003) [paper]
"Direct growth of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on sharp tips for electron microscopy", M. Mann, K.B.K. Teo, W.I. Milne, and T. Tessner. NANO: Brief Reports and Reviews 1, 35 (2006). [paper]
W. I. Milne, K. B. K. Teo, M. Mann, I. Y. Y. Bu, G. A. J. Amaratunga, N. De Jonge, M. Allioux, J. T. Oostveen, P. Legagneux, E. Minoux, L. Gangloff, L. Hudanski, J.-P. Schnell, L. D. Dieumegard, F. Peauger, T. Wells, and M. El-Gomati. Carbon nanotubes as electron sources, Phys. Stat. Sol. (a) 203, No. 6, 1058-1063 (2006). [paper]
"Low temperature electron spin resonance investigation on SWNTs after hydrogen treatment." S. Musso, S. Porro, M. Rovere, A. Tagliaferro, E. Laurenti, M. Mann, K.B.K. Teo, W.I. Milne. Diamond & Related Materials 15 (2006) 1085-1089. [paper]
"Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube-based Nanodevices using a Combination Technique of Focused Ion Beam and Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition, "J. Wu, M. Eastman, T. Gutu, M. Wyse and J. Jiao, S.-M. Kim, M. Mann, Y. Zhang and K.B.K. Teo, Applied Physics Letters 91, 173122 (2007). [paper]
"Carbon Nanotubes" (position paper) M. Mann, W.I. Milne, J. Dijon, P. Bachmann, J. McLaughlin, J.Robertson, K.B.K. Teo, A. Lewalter, M. de Souza, P. Boggild, A Briggs, K. Bo Mogensen, J.-C. P. Gabriel, S. Roche and R.Baptist. E-Nano Newsletter no. 13 (2008). [paper]
"The application of carbon nanotube electron sources to the electron microscope", M. Mann, M.M. El Gomati, T. Wells, K.B.K. Teo, W.I. Milne. Proc. SPIE, Vol. 7037, 70370P (2008). [paper]
W. I. Milne, M. Mann & K. B. K. Teo, "Design of Carbon Nanotubes for Field Emission Applications," J. Soc. Inf. Display (accepted 2009) [paper]
Wang, Nan, Yan Zhang, Koji Yano, Colm Durkan, Natalie Plank, Mark E. Welland, Husnu Emrah Unalan, Mark Mann, G. A. J. Amaratunga, and William I. Milne. "Direct measurement of charge transport through helical poly (ethyl propiolate) nanorods wired into gaps in single walled carbon nanotubes." Nanotechnology 20, no. 10 (2009): 105201.
"Stabilization of Carbon Nanotube Field Emitters" M Mann, K. B. K. Teo, W. I. Milne, M. M. El Gomati, T. Wells ,T. Tessner, M. Ovsyanko. J. Nanoeng & Nanosystems (accepted 2009). [paper]
"High emission current density, vertically aligned carbon nanotube mesh, field emitter array" Chi Li, Yan Zhang, Mark Mann, David Hasko, Wei Lei, Baoping Wang, Daping Chu, Didier. Pribat, Gehan A. J. Amaratunga and William I. Milne. Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 113107 (2010).
Mann, M., Y. Zhang, K. B. K. Teo, T. Wells, M. M. El Gomati, and W. I. Milne. "Controlling the growth of carbon nanotubes for electronic devices." Microelectronic Engineering 87, no. 5 (2010): 1491-1493. [paper]
"Deposition of Carbon Nanotubes on CMOS" Xiaozhi Wang ; Zhang, Yan ; Haque, M.M. ; Teo, K.B. ; Mann, M. ; Unalan, H.E. ; Warburton, P.A. ; Udrea, F. ; Milne, William I. Nanotechnology, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:11, Issue: 2) (2010).
Wang, X., Wilkinson, T. D., Mann, M., Teo, K. B., & Milne, W. I. (2010). Characterization of a liquid crystal microlens array using multiwalled carbon nanotube electrodes. Applied optics, 49(17), 3311-3315.
Milne, W. I., Chi Li, Yan Zhang, D. G. Hasko, P. Hiralal, M. Mann, H. E. Unalan et al. "Optimisation of CNTs and ZnO nanostructures for electron sources." In Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO), 2010 10th IEEE Conference on, pp. 62-65. IEEE, 2010. [paper]
Katsounaros, A., Rajab, K. Z., Hao, Y., Mann, M., & Milne, W. I. (2011). Microwave characterization of vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotube arrays. Applied Physics Letters, 98(20), 203105-203105. [paper]
"Carbon Nanotubes" (position paper 2nd edition) M. Mann, W.I. Milne, S Hofmann, J. Dijon, P. Bachmann, J. McLaughlin, J.Robertson, K.B.K. Teo, A. Lewalter, M. de Souza, P. Boggild, A Briggs, K. Bo Mogensen, J.-C. P. Gabriel, S. Roche and R.Baptist. E-Nano Newsletter no. 20/21 (2011). [paper]
"Fabrication, Field Emission and Field Ionization of Carbon Nanotube Tips." M. Mann, K.B.K. Teo, X. Wang, W.I. Milne, D.A. MacLaren, D.J. Riley, P.C. Dastoor & W. Allison. IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies, NanoSingapore, Singapore, Jan 10-13, 2006.*
"Inclined Growth of Multi-wall Carbon Nanotubes." X. Wang, K.B.K. Teo, M. Mann, W.I. Milne, K. Gjerde, T. Schurmann, P. Boggild. IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies, NanoSingapore, Singapore, Jan 10-13, 2006.
Direct Growth of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes on Sharp Tips for Electron Microscopy. Mark Mann, Ken Teo and Bill Milne; MRS Spring Meeting 2007, San Francisco, Apr 9-13 2007.*
The Production Process and Optical Characteristics of CNT Cold Field-emission Electron Sources, Mark Mann, Kenneth BK Teo, Gehan Amaratunga, William I Milne, ChinaNANO 2007, Beijing, China June 4-6 2007.*
Comparison of Remote Plasma Enhanced CVD and Hot Filament CVD growth of single walled carbon nanotubes at low temperature, X Wang, M Mann, KBK Teo, SM Kim, X Du, WI Milne, ChinaNANO 2007, Beijing, China June 4-6 2007.
"Investigation of single walled carbon nanotube growth parameters using hot filament enhanced chemical vapor deposition", Yan Zhang, Xiaozhi Wang, Husnu Emrah Unalan, Ken Teo, Seongmin Kim, Xiaoye Du, Mark Mann Bill Milne, ChinaNANO 2007, Beijing, China June 4-6 2007.
"The electron-optical performance of single CNT sources for electron beam equipment," Mark Mann, Kenneth BK Teo, William I Milne, Mohamed El Gomati, Torquil Wells. 2nd International Meeting on Developments in Materials, Processes & Applications of Nanotechnology, Cambridge, UK 6-8 January 2008.
"Device Electronics Based on Nanowires and Nanotubes" Mark Mann (invited talk) 22nd International Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials (IWEPNM), Kirchberg, March 1-8 2008.
"The application of carbon nanotube electron sources to the electron microscope" Mark Mann (invited talk). SPIE Optics & Photonics 2008. 10-14 August 2008, San Diego, US. [paper]
"The application of carbon nanotube electron sources to microscopy." Mark Mann (invited talk). Cambridge CNT Symposium 2008. 5 December 2008, Cambridge, UK.
"Optimizing field emission devices with nanotubes and nanowires." Mark Mann (invited talk). Villa conference - IAN 2009, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
"Controlling the growth of carbon canotubes for electronic devices." Mark Mann (invited talk). MNE 2009, Ghent, Belgium.
"Advances in Zinc Oxide-Based Devices for Active Matrix Displays." Mark Mann (invited talk). IMID 2009, Seoul, Korea.
"Investigations into the Directed Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes by PE-CVD." MT Cole, Mark Mann, WI Milne, CNT Symposium 2009, Cambridge, UK.
"Stable, high current density field emission from zinc oxide nanowires grown on a carbon nanotube array." Mark Mann, MRS Fall Meeting 2009, Boston, USA.
"Choice of gate dielectric on the performance of thin film transistors based on indium zinc oxide deposited at low temperature." Mark Mann, MRS Fall Meeting 2009, Boston, USA.
"The performance of Indium Zinc Oxide Transparent TFTs produced at low temperature." Mark Mann (invited speaker). Printed Electronics USA 2009, San Jose, California.
"Carbon Nanotube Working Group." Mark Mann (invited speaker). NanoICT 2010, Cambridge, UK. [slides]
Liu, K., Schwind, G., Tessner, T., Mann, M., & Swanson, L. W. (2010, October). Experimental study of the cold-field electron cathode. In Vacuum Electron Sources Conference and Nanocarbon (IVESC), 2010 8th International (pp. 115-116). IEEE.
Li, Flora, Mark Mann, Andrew Flewitt, William Milne, James Dutson, Steve Wakeham, and Mike Thwaites. "Fully transparent zinc oxide based thin film transistors deposited at low temperature: choice of gate dielectric and effect of bias stress." In Meeting Abstracts, no. 29, pp. 1818-1818. The Electrochemical Society, 2010.
Milne, W. I., M. Mann, Y. Zhang, D. Hasko, M. Cole, and C. Li. "Ballasted CNT structures for use as electron sources." In IDW'10-Proceedings of the 17th International Display Workshops, vol. 2, pp. 1559-1560. 2010.
"Music Mood Classification of Television Theme Tunes." Mark Mann, Sam Davies, Francis Li, Trevor Cox. ISMIR 2011, Miami, Florida, USA.
Davies, Sam, Penelope Allen, Mark Mann, and Trevor J. Cox. "Musical Moods: A Mass Participation Experiment for Affective Classification of Music." In ISMIR, pp. 741-746. 2011.
Katsounaros, A., Rajab, K. Z., Hao, Y., Mann, M., & Milne, W. I. (2011, October). Microwave characterization of multi-walled carbon nanotube arrays. In Microwave Conference (EuMC), 2011 41st European (pp. 53-56). IEEE.
Katsounaros, A., K. Z. Rajab, Y. Hao, M. Mann, and W. I. Milne. "X-band characterization of multi-walled carbon nanotube films." In Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2011 International Conference on, pp. 516-519. IEEE, 2011.
Wang, Xiaozhi, Yan Zhang, M. M. Haque, K. B. Teo, M. B. Mann, H. B. Unalan, PaulA Warburton, F. A. Udrea, and WilliamI Milne. "Deposition of carbon nanotubes on CMOS." Nanotechnology, IEEE Transactions on 11, no. 2 (2012): 215-219.
"Object-Based Audio Applied to Football Broadcasts" Mark Mann, Anthony Churnside, Andrew Bonney, Frank Melchior. ACM Multimedia 2013, Barcelona, Spain.
1st International Conference: From Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials to Nanodevices and Nanosystems (IC4N), Halkidiki Greece, June 16-18 2008. Conference organiser and session chair.
58th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, June 31st-July 4th 2008. Conference participant.
"Apparatus and methods for growing nanofibres and nanotips." M. Mann, K.B.K.Teo, W.I. Milne. (Patent no. GB 0503139.8, filed 16-Feb-2005)*
"Music Information Retrieval." M. Mann (of British Broadcasting Corporation). (Patent no. GB 1107903.5, filed 11-May-2011)*