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Mark Bowden, Ph.D.

EMSL Capability Lead, Deposition and Microfabrication; Subsurface Flow and Transport, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Interface Spectroscopy/Diffraction

P.O. Box 999, K8-93
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-7816 Fax: () Updated: February 7, 2013

Current Activities and Projects

Mark Bowden joined EMSL in 2009 and currently manages EMSL's optical spectroscopy and diffraction, subsurface flow and transport, and microfabrication and deposition capabilities. He is responsible for the X-ray diffraction facility and assists or conducts measurement and analysis for many EMSL users. He has extensive experience in diffraction methods, especially in structure solution and refinement using Rietveld analysis. Bowden's work at EMSL spans using high-resolution diffraction for detailed characterization of epitaxial thin films to identifying mineral phases in complex systems via microdiffraction. As part of PNNL's hydrogen storage program, he also researches the structure and mechanisms of hydrogen release from boron-containing materials and is collaborating to extend this work to new systems for small-molecule catalysis. His research interests are centered on the crystallography, synthesis, and solid-state chemistry of materials, especially those related to energy technologies.

Past Experience

Bowden's previous position was with a New Zealand government laboratory, where his research included hydrogen storage materials, nanostructured anodic oxides, and processing and properties of advanced ceramics. He also has experience using high-resolution electron microscopy to analyze planar defects in oxide perovskites.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1994

  • B.Sc. (Honors), Geochemistry, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1987

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Professional Societies/Services

Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) User Group, Lujan Neutron Scattering Center (Lujan Center), Executive Committee member, 2011-Present.