Emeritus Prof. Brynn Hibbert

Prof. Brynn Hibbert


David Brynn Hibbert

B.Sc., Ph.D. Lond. C.Chem FRSC FRACI FRSN
Emeritus Professor of Analytical Chemistry
E-mail: B.Hibbert@unsw.edu.au


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.


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).


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. 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. Titular Member of IUPAC Interdiviional Committee for Terminology, Nomenclature and Symbols. 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.


  • 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
  • Hejazi, L.; Guilhaus, M.; Hibbert, D. B.; Ebrahimi, D., Gas chromatography with parallel hard and soft ionization mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 2015,  29, 91–99, DOI: 10.1002/rcm.7091
  • G. J. Sutton, A. Cawley, C. Murphy, M. L. Lau and D. B. Hibbert, Factors influencing total carbon dioxide concentrations in plasma of thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses, Drug Testing and Analysis, (2014) 6(9), 936 – 943,  DOI:10.1002/dta.1600.
  • 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 Students:

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