Mark Humphrey graduated and received his PhD and DSc at the University of Adelaide. He has held positions at Universität Würzburg (1987-1989), the University of Illinois (1989-1990), and the University of New England (1990-1994), before being appointed to ANU.
He has been Professeur Invité at the Université Rennes I (France), Visiting Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and is an Honorary Professor of Nanjing University of Science and Technology and Anniversary Professor of Jiangsu University (China). He is the Australian Director of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Functional Molecular Materials, and Chair of the Inorganic Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He was promoted to Professor at ANU in 2003.
The aim of his research is the preparation of new types of potentially useful molecular materials. Understanding how chemical structure can control molecular properties is the key step, and this necessitates coupling chemical synthesis to a range of physical properties studies.
Research in the group involves organometallic, organic, coordination complex and polymer synthesis, spectroscopy, various electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques, molecular modelling, electron microscopy and X-ray structural studies, and a wide range of nonlinear optical studies using high-power lasers.