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Professor Martin Chaplin

Prof. Martin Chaplin

Emeritus Professor

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    Applied Sciences / Human Sciences

Prof. Chaplin has developed an evidence-based two-state structural model of water. His website is the world’s leading resource for the science of water, ice and aqueous systems.

Martin graduated in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham in 1967. Over the following three years he completed a PhD concerned with the structural and biological studies on the glycans in human follicle stimulating hormone, in a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham and Midland Hospital for Women.

After two years teaching chemistry at Bunda College of Agriculture at the University of Malawi, East Africa, he returned to the University of Birmingham as a Faculty Research Fellow to continue his work on the glycoprotein hormones and to start some enzyme technology research. His interest in these research areas continued within a lecturing post at the Biochemistry Department of  the University of Leeds and during a four-year seconded post at the University of Ghana, West Africa. Since 1985 he has been at London South Bank University, where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Applied Science. He has successfully mentored 25 PhD students.

Martin's current interests lie mainly with aqueous systems, and he has a particular interest concerning intracellular water. He has experience as expert witness in patent litigation.

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  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Chartered Chemist

Since 1998, Professor Chaplin has been particularly interested in water, ice and aqueous systems. Much of the material that he has reviewed and discovered has been included within his scientific website, Water Structure and Science, where he presents a topical review of the literature concerning water and presents explanations for water’s strange but important properties.