Mark R. Crimmin graduated from Imperial College London in 2004 and completed a MSc by research in organic synthesis at Bristol University under the supervision of Prof. Aggarwal. He received his PhD. in main group chemistry and catalysis from Imperial College London in 2008 working under the supervision of Prof. Mike Hill (now at Bath) and Prof. Tony Barrett. In the same year, he was awarded a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 research fellowship which he took to UC Berkeley to study with Prof. Bob Bergman. Here he contributed to projects in C–H functionalisation and metal dinitrosyl chemistry, work jointly supervised by Prof. Dean Toste.
In 2011, he returned to London as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. Initially at UCL and now back at Imperial, his research group studies heterobimetallic complexes based on transition and main group metals and investigates their role in new catalytic reactions that break strong C–O and C–F bonds.