Mark Matsen

University Research Chair & Professor

Contact InformationMark Matsen

Phone: 519-888-4567 x39052
Location: QNC 5602


Biography Summary

Mark Matsen holds a joint position as a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is also a member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.

His research focuses on theory and simulations involving the self-assembly of nanostructured polymers, such as block copolymers, liquid-crystalline polymers, polyelectrolytes and polymeric brushes. While he continues to build on his reputation for self-consistent field theory (SCFT), Professor Matsen is currently developing the next generation of theoretical techniques, specifically field-theoretic simulations (FTS).

Research Interests

  • Molecular self-assembly in polymeric systems
  • Block copolymers
  • Polymeric brushes
  • Self-consistent field theory
  • Lattice polymer simulations
  • Field-theoretic simulations
  • Biomaterials and Polymers


  • 1992, Doctorate, Physics, University of Guelph
  • 1987, Bachelor's, Mathematical Physics, Simon Fraser


  • CHE 220 - Process Data Analysis
    • Taught in 2017
  • CHE 620 - Applied Engineering Mathematics
    • Taught in 2018, 2019
  • PHYS 115 - Mechanics
    • Taught in 2020
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • J. D. Willis, T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Simple and accurate calibration of the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. Macromolecules 53, 9973
  • B. Vorselaars, R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Instability of the microemulsion channel in block copolymer-homopolymer blends. Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 117801
  • M. W. Matsen, Field theoretic approach for block polymer melts: SCFT and FTS. J. Chem. Phys. 152, 110901

Graduate Studies

  • Not currently accepting applications for graduate students