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Professor Brynn Hibbert

My Expertise

Analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, corrosion, sensors, electronic noses, drug detection, scientific fraud, cranks, computers in chemistry, forensic science

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Biography

Emeritus Professor Hibbert occupied the Chair of Analytical Chemistry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney from 1987 until his retirement in 2013. 
His research interests are in electroanalytical chemistry and chemometrics and metrology in chemistry, but he also does a sideline in expert opinion, scientific fraud and presenting science to the public.

He has published around 280 papers, 5 books and 3 patents. His recent books are,...view more

Emeritus Professor Hibbert occupied the Chair of Analytical Chemistry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney from 1987 until his retirement in 2013. 
His research interests are in electroanalytical chemistry and chemometrics and metrology in chemistry, but he also does a sideline in expert opinion, scientific fraud and presenting science to the public.

He has published around 280 papers, 5 books and 3 patents. His recent books are, Data Analysis for Chemistry: An Introductory Guide for Students and Laboratory Scientists (Oxford University Press, New York, 2005, 192 pp) written with Justin Gooding, and Quality Assurance in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, published by Oxford University Press in 2007. Professor Hibbert won the Ollé Prize of the RACI in 2008 for this text.

He is past Chair of the Analytical Division of the RACI, past chair of the IUPAC Analytical Division, and past president of the Royal Society of New South Wales. He is currently the Secretary of the Interdivisional Committee for Terminology, Nomenclature and Symbols of IUPAC, and editor of the Orange Book (Compendium of Terminology in Analytical Chemistry). Professor Hibbert is also a member of advisory committees for NATA and represented IUPAC at the JCGM-WG1 which is responsible for the Guide to the “Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement”.

In 2018 he became a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to science in the discipline of chemistry, to professional societies, and to sport through illicit drug profiling”


My Qualifications

 

1969-1972 BSc with First Class Honours in Chemistry, King's College, University of London.

1972-1975 PhD in Physical Chemistry, King's College, University of London.

                   Title of thesis: Chemical Aspects of the electric discharge, the silent electric discharge and the field induced discharge.

                    Supervisor: Professor A.J.B. Robertson

 


My Awards

 

1970 Sambrooke Exhibition

1971 Samuel Smiles Prize

1972 Neil Arnott Prize, J. Millar Thomson Medal.

1999 RACI Analytical Division Medal

2006 RSC Australasian lecturer

2007 RACI Olle Prize

2014 UNSW Mellor Medal and Lectureship

2018 Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

2019 RACI essay competition (https://www.raci.org.au/events-awards/stories-from-the-periodic-table/iodine-by-brynn-hibbert)

2019 RSNSW Medal for meritorious contributions to the Society. https://royalsoc.org.au/awards/royal-society-of-nsw-medal#recent

2019 Work on cobalt in racing recognised by ARC/ERA as “high impact” on society. (https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/research/technology/cobalt-threshold)

 

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Location

F10 Room 161

Contact

61293854677 or 0411 286 480
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Research Activities

The project will develop a robust approach to use maximum entropy methods to model likelihood functions for a Bayesian analysis of chemical data. This will allow values and confidence intervals to be obtained from chemical measurements that are better (more statistically valid) than those obtained by present methods. The new approach will be applied to important current problems in chemical measurement: the uncertainty of atomic weights of elements, limits on the detection of illegal drugs, and for sports drug testing.

The project will develop a robust approach to use maximum…

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