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Martin Chaplin BSc PhD CChem FRSC

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Emeritus Professor of Applied Science
London South Bank University


I graduated in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, in 1967. Over the following three years I 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, I returned to the University of Birmingham as a Faculty Research Fellow to continue my work on the glycoprotein hormones and to start some enzyme technology research. My 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 I have been at London South Bank University, where I am currently Emeritus Professor of Applied Science. I have successfully mentored 25 PhD students. My current interests lie mainly with aqueous systems, and I have a particular interest concerning intracellular water. I have experience as expert witness in Patent litigation.



  1. Chaplin, M. F., (2015) Biosensors, In Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 6th Ed. R. Rapley and D. Whitehouse, (Ed.) Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, pp. 225-256.
  2. Chaplin, M. F., (2014) Interfacial osmotic pressure, Aqua Incognita: why ice floats on water and Galileo 400 years on , Ed. P. Lo Nostro and B. Ninham, ISBN: 9781925138214 (Connor Court, Ballarat) , pp 329-340. [Abstract]
  3. Chaplin, M. F., (2013) What is liquid water, Science in Society, Iss. 58 (2013) 41-45. [Abstract]
  4. Chaplin. M., (2012) Self-generation of colligative properties at hydrophilic surfaces, [cond-mat.soft] [Abstract]
  5. Chaplin. M., (2011) The water molecule, liquid water, hydrogen bonds and water networks, In Water The forgotten biological molecule, D. Le Bihan and H. Fukuyama, Ed. Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., Singapore, pp. 3-19.
  6. Chaplin, M. F., (2010) Structuring and behaviour of water in nanochannels and confined spaces, In Adsorption and Phase Behaviour in Nanochannels and Nanotubes, L. Dunne and G. Manos, Ed. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 241-255.
  7. Chaplin, M., (2009) Theory vs experiment: What is the surface charge of water? Water 1 1-28 [Abstract]
  8. Chaplin, M. F., (2009) Biosensors, In Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 5th Ed. J.M. Walker and R. Rapley, (Ed.) Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, pp. 513-547.
  9. Chaplin, M. F., (2008) Water in biological recognition processes, Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology, , Ed. T. P. Begley (John Wiley & Sons) 1-8.
  10. Chaplin, M., (2007) The memory of water; an overview, Homeopathy 96 (2007) 143-150 [Abstract]; Chaplin, M., Reply to Comment on "The memory of water; an overview", Homeopathy 97 (2008) 43-44.
  11. Oleinikova, A., Weingärtner, H., Chaplin, M., Diemann, E., Bögge, H. and Müller, A., (2007) Self-association based on glue type interfacial/confined highly structured water leads to {Mo154}~1165 super-clusters: A dielectric relaxation study,ChemPhysChem 8 646-649.
  12. Chaplin, M. F., (2006) Opinion: Do we underestimate the importance of water in cell biology? Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, 7 (11): 861-866. [Abstract]
  13. Chaplin, M. F., (2006) Information exchange within intracellular water, In, Water and the Cell, Ed. G. H. Pollack, I. L. Cameron and D. N. Wheatley, Springer, pp. 113-123. [Abstract]
  14. Chaplin, M. F., (2006) Water structuring at colloidal surfaces, In. Surface Chemistry in Biomedical and environmental Science , Ed. J. Blitz and V. Gun’ko, NATO Security Through Science Series, Springer pp. 1-10. [Abstract]
  15. Chaplin, M. F., Water’s hydrogen bond strength, In: Water and Life, ed. R. M. Lynden-Bell, S. Conway Morris, J. D. Barrow, J. L. Finney and C. L. Harper, Jr. (CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2010) pp 69-86. arXiv:0706.1355 (2007). [Abstract]
  16. Hawkins M. L., Davies G. J., Chaplin M. F., Dillon, J. F., Cotton, J. P. and Dettmar, P. W., (2007) Comparison of dietary assessment methods within a population suffering from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 66, 67A-67A.
  17. Hawkins M. L., Davies G. J., Chaplin M. F., Dillon, J. F., Cotton, J. P. and Dettmar, P. W., (2007) Antioxidant vitamin intakes in the progression of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 66, 50A-50A.
  18. Chaplin, M. F., (2004) The structure of Plantago ovata arabinoxylan, Gums and Stabilisers for the Food Industry, P. A. Williams and G. O. Phillips (Ed.), Royal Society of Chemistry, 12 509-516 (also cited as: Special Publication- Royal Society of Chemistry 294 (2004) 509-516). [Abstract]
  19. Chaplin, M. F., (2004) The importance of cell water, Science in Society, 24, 42-45.
  20. Chaplin, M. F., (2004) Carbohydrate Analysis. In Encyclopedia of Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, R. A. Meyers (Ed.) Wiley -VCH, Weinheim, Vol. 2 pp. 243-275.
  21. Chaplin, M. F., (2003) Fibre and water binding. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 62, 223-227. [Abstract]
  22. Edwards, S., Chaplin, M. F., Blackwood, A. D. and Dettmar, P. W. (2003) Primary structure of arabinoxylans of ispaghula husk and wheat bran, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 62, 217-222. [Abstract]
  23. Chaplin, M. F., (2001) Water; its importance to life. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ. 29 (2), 54-59. [Abstract]
  24. Chaplin, M. F., (2000) A proposal for the structuring of water. Biophys. Chemist., 83 (3),  211-221. [Abstract]
  25. Blackwood, A. D., Salter, J, Dettmar, P. W. and Chaplin, M. F., (2000) Dietary fibre, physicochemical properties and their relationship to health. J. Royal Soc. Health, 120 (4), 242-247. [Abstract]
  26. Chaplin, M. F., Chaudhury, S., Dettmar, P. W., Sykes, J., Shaw, A. D. and Davies, G. J., (2000) Effect of ispaghula husk on the faecal output of bile acids in healthy volunteers. J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol., 83 (5), 283-292. [Abstract]
  27. Manos, G., Dunne, L. J., Chaplin, M. F. and Du, Z., (2001) Comparative study of Monte Carlo simulations and exact statistical mechanical lattice model of commensurate transitions of alkanes adsorbed in zeolites. Chem. Phys. Lett., 335, 77-84. [Abstract]
  28. Du, Z. M., Dunne, L. J., Manos, G. J. N. and Chaplin, M. F., (2000) Exact statistical mechanical treatment of benzene adsorption in a zeolite twin-pore one-dimensional lattice model. Chem. Phys. Lett., 318, 319-324. [Abstract]
  29. Chaplin, M. F., (2000) Carbohydrate Analysis: Introduction. In Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, R. A. Meyers (Ed.) John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, pp. 735-741.
  30. Chaplin, M. F., (2000) Biosensors, In Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 4th Ed. J.M. Walker and R. Rapley, (Ed.) Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, pp. 521 - 554.
  31. Blackwood, A. D. and Chaplin, M. F., (2000) Disaccharide, Oligosaccharide and Polysaccharide Analysis. In Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, R. A. Meyers (Ed.) John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, pp. 741-765. [Abstract]
  32. Poltorak, O. M., Chukhrai, E. S., Kozlenkov, A. A., Chaplin, M. F., and Trevan, M. D., (1999) The putative common mechanism for inactivation of alkaline phosphatase isoenzymes. J. Mol. Catalysis B-Enz., 7 (1-4), 157-163. [Abstract]
  33. Poltorak, O. M., Chukhray, E. S., Torshin, I. Y., Atyaksheva, L. F., Trevan, M. D., and Chaplin, M. F., (1999) Catalytic properties, stability and the structure of the conformational lock in the alkaline phosphatase from Escherichia coli. J. Mol. Catalysis B-Enz., 7 (1-4), 165-172. [Abstract]
  34. Du, Z. M., Dunne, L. J., Chaplin, M. F. and Manos, G. J. N. (1999) Comparative study of mean-field theory and Monte Carlo simulation of supercritical methane adsorption in zeolites. Chem. Phys. Lett., 307 (5-6), 413-418. [Abstract]
  35. Chaudhury, S. and Chaplin, M. F. (1999) Determination of bile acids in human faecal samples using supercritical fluid extraction and high-performance liquid chromatography J. Chromatogr. B, 726 (1-2), 71-78. [Abstract]
  36. Chaplin, M. F. (1999) Structure-activity relationships in complex carbohydrates. In; The right fibre for the right disease, Ed. M. Hill. Int. Congress Symp. Ser. 256, Royal Society of Medicine Press, 11-16. [Abstract]
  37. Foster, L. H., Chaplin, M. F. and Sumar, S. (1998) The effect of heat treatment on intrinsic and fortified selenium levels in cow's milk. Food Chem., 62 (1), 21-25. [Abstract]
  38. Chaplin, M. F., (1998) Bile acids, fibre and colon cancer: the story unfolds. J. Royal Soc. Health., 118 (1), 53-61. [Abstract]

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