D. Brynn Hibbert

D. Brynn Hibbert

D. Brynn Hibbert

B.Sc., Ph.D. Lond. AM C.Chem FRSC FRACI FRSN

Emeritus Professor of Analytical Chemistry

Contact details

Phone: +61 (2) 9385 4677
Email: b.hibbert@unsw.edu.au
Fax: +61 (2) 9385 6141

Biographical Details

Born 1951. Research Assistant, The City University, London 1975 -1977. Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Bedford College, University of London 1977 - 1982. Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London 1982 - 1987. Professor of Analytical Chemistry, UNSW 1987 – 2013, including Head of School 1993 - 1996.

Research Interests

Statistics in chemistry and chemometrics. Metrology in Chemistry. Forensic chemistry. Sports drug testing and drugs of abuse. Electroanalytical chemistry. Sensors. Electronic nose technology. Self assembled monolayers and biosensors. Artificial intelligence applied to chemistry. Non-linear dynamics, fractals and chaos.

Prof. Hibbert talks about the potential of an 'electronic nose' to detect sports cheats, graffiti vandalism, and drug importers on UNSW TV. Read his article on how to discover a new element (Prof Hibbert is one of the team at IUPAC who approves new elements and their names).

Awards, Lectures and other Activities of Interest

Member of the Order of Australia 2018. Fellow Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry. Fellow Royal Society of New South Wales. RACI Analytical Medallist for 1999. RACI Ollé Prize 2007 winner for his book Quality Assurance in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (OUP, New York, 2007). Mellor Medallist and Lecturer 2014.

Chair of Analytical Division of RACI 1999 - 2001. Australian representative to International Chemometrics Society. Member of the Chemical Analysis Advisory Committee of the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), 2000 - 2013. Member of the Reference Materials Advisory Committee of NATA, 2000 - 2013. President of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 2014 - 2015. Australian delegate to IUPAC General Assembly 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017. IUPAC representative on Working Group 1 of the Joint Committee of Guides on Metrology, responsible for the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM) 2007 - 2015. Secretary of IUPAC Interdivisional Committee for Terminology, Nomenclature and Symbols 2018 -. Vice-President Royal Society of New South Wales, 2011 – 2016, President Royal Society of New South Wales, 2016 – 2018. Council Member Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2010 – present.

Selected Publications

  • Hibbert, D. B.; Sutton, J., A chemical view of analogue drug laws in Australia. What is structural similarity? Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences 2016, 1 - 21. DOI: 10.1080/00450618.2016.1195875
  • Hibbert D.B., Introduction to Electrochemistry, Macmillan, London, 350 pp. 1993. (Available through UNSWorks: http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/39800 )
  • Fleury, V., Kaufman, J.H. and Hibbert, D.B., A Mechanism of Morphology Transition in Ramified Growth, Nature 367, (1994), 435-438.
  • Hibbert D.B. (2007) Quality Assurance for the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University Press, New York, 310 pp., ISBN 0195162137
  • Possolo, A.; van der Veen A. M. H.; Meija, J.; Hibbert, D. B., Interpreting and propagating the uncertainty of the standard atomic weights (IUPAC Technical Report). Pure Appl. Chem. 2018, 90 (2), 395-424.
  • Alexander Weremfo, Xunyu Lu, Paul Carter, D. Brynn Hibbert, and Chuan Zhao, Modelling an electrochemically roughened porous platinum electrode for water oxidation, Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 4068 – 4071. 
  • Armstrong, N.; Hibbert, D.B., An introduction to Bayesian methods for analyzing chemistry data. Part 1: An introduction to Bayesian theory and methods. Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 2009, 97, (2), 194-210.

A complete list of Prof. Hibbert's publications is available here (PDF).

Research Associates

Dr Adam Cawley, Australian Forensic Racing Laboratory, Racing NSW

Dr Graham Bell, e-Nose Pty. Ltd., Australian Technology Park

Dr Gordon Sutton, UTS