Mick Mantle

Dr Mick D Mantle

BSc PhD MA

  • Position Fellow Director of Studies
  • Subject areas Biotechnology
  • Department Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology
  • Email mdm20@cam.ac.uk

The general theme of Mick's research is the application and development of advanced magnetic resonance techniques to study chemical reaction and transport in porous media.

Mick Mantle

Mick obtained a first class honours degree in chemistry from Queen Mary & Westfield College (University of London) in 1989 and then completed a PhD in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance in 1994 from the same institution. He subsequently moved to the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology in Cambridge in 1994 to take up a Postdoctoral position under the supervision of Professor Lynn Gladden CBE, FRS. In 2001 he was appointed as an Assistant Director of Research and in 2018 was promoted to a readership in Applied Magnetic Resonance.

The general theme of his research is the application and development of advanced magnetic resonance techniques to study chemical reaction and transport in porous media. He has secured over £4 million from research grants funded by both industry and the UKs academic research councils. He has over 120 peer-reviewed research papers, a current h-index of 28 and has proven expertise in magnetic resonance techniques and has pioneered the development of quantitative fast MRI to study pharmaceutical dissolution phenomena. He acts as a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies and has written several key review articles and book chapters about his research.His teaching and academic duties include giving lectures to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, setting Tripos examination questions, and he is currently a Director of Studies for Wolfson College and Trinity Hall.

Research interests

Part of Mick's current research portfolio includes large projects with both pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical companies to provide a better understanding of drug dissolution and reconstitution from solid state dosage forms. He is also involved in a number of collaborative projects that include synthetic fuels, digital rock and heterogeneous catalysis.

His research has been communicated globally as he has been an invited speaker at international conferences and workshops. He has appeared on BBC television with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, where magnetic resonance imaging was used as a non-invasive tool to characterise the marinating process of chicken tikka massala.