Karl Coleman is a Reader in Chemistry at Durham University, UK working in the area of nanocarbons. Karl Coleman was born and educated in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. He read chemistry at the University of Leicester, UK, and graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in 1993. He remained in Leicester after his first degree and obtained a PhD in Chemistry in 1996, working in the laboratory of John Holloway and Eric Hope. He received the Royal Society of Chemistry Laurie Vergnano Award in 1995.
Karl received a Marie Curie Research Fellowship in 1996 from the European Union and moved to France to carry out postdoctoral research at the Université de Strasbourg, Louis Pasteur, where he stayed until 1998, working with John Osborn.
Following a successful stay in France Karl was awarded a Royal Society University Fellowship which he held at the University of Oxford from 1998 to 2004, working closely with Malcolm Green. Whilst at the University of Oxford he also held an EPA Cephalosporin Research Fellowship and Praelectorship in Chemical Sciences at Lincoln College.
In 2004 he moved to Durham University where he is now a Reader in Nanomaterials heading a research group studying the chemistry of carbon nanotubes and graphene. He is the co-founder, and currently Secretary, of the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Subject Group. He established Applied Graphene Materials in 2010 to exploit his work on the synthesis and chemistry of graphene.