Mark Spackman

Professor, BSc PhD W.Aust., FRACI

  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 411, Bayliss Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 10613 Citations
  • 46 h-Index
1978 …2019
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Personal profile


Mark Spackman received his BSc in chemical physics (1976) and PhD in theoretical chemistry (1980) from the University of Western Australia. After several years of postdoctoral studies he was appointed at the University of New England in 1987. Promoted to Professor in 1999, he has served terms as Convenor of Chemistry and Head of School at the University of New England. In 2003 he was awarded a five-year ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship (2004-2008), enabling him to focus full-time on his research for an extended period, and in 2004 he was appointed at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Spackman has been Secretary (1995-1997) and President (2001-2003) of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia & New Zealand, a member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Crystallography (1994-2004, 2008-2011), and was a past member (1993-1998) and Chair (1999-2002) of the International Union of Crystallography Commission on Charge, Spin and Momentum Densities. He has also served as a member of the Australian Research Council Expert Advisory Committee on Physics, Chemistry and Geoscience (2002-2003) and as a Co-Editor of Acta Crystallographica Section B and CrystEngComm.

Roles and responsibilities

Funding overview

ARC Discovery Grant and Australian Professorial Fellowship 2004-2008
ARC Discovery Grant 2008-2010, with Dr George Koutsantonis and Prof Bo lversen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
ARC Linkage International Grant 2008-2009, with A/Prof Dylan Jayatilaka and Prof Hans-Beat Bürgi (University of Bern, Switzerland)
ARC Discovery Grant 2009-2011
ARC Discovery Grants 2013-2015

Teaching overview



  • Computational chemistry
  • Crystal structure analysis
  • Crystallography and theoretical chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry

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Projects 2004 2019

Research Output 1978 2018

8 Citations

Accurate Lattice Energies for Molecular Crystals from Experimental Crystal Structures

Thomas, S. P., Spackman, P. R., Jayatilaka, D. & Spackman, M. A., 13 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 14, 3, p. 1614-1623 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Molecular crystals
lattice energy
Crystal lattices
Crystal structure

Azulene revisited: solid-state structure, invariom modeling and lattice-energy minimization of a classical example of disorder

Dittrich, B., Fabbiani, F. P. A., Henn, J., Schmidt, M. U., Macchi, P., Meindl, K. & Spackman, M. A., 1 Oct 2018, In : Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials. 74, 5, p. 416-426 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

lattice energy
Model structures
Microwave spectroscopy

Facile Synthesis of Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl Ruthenium Half-Sandwich Complexes by Naphthalene Displacement

Stone, J., Jago, D., Sobolev, A., Spackman, M. & Koutsantonis, G., 27 Mar 2018, In : Australian Journal of Chemistry. 71, 4, p. 289-294 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Single crystals
2 Citations
Cyclic Ethers
epoxy compounds
Epoxy Compounds
X rays


Gregori Aminoff Prize

Mark Spackman (Recipient), 2013

Prize/award: Prize

crystal structure

Lawrence Bragg Medal

Mark Spackman (Recipient), 2017

Prize/award: Other distinction

neutron diffraction
electron diffraction
x rays