National Physical Laboratory

Paul Brewer

Current interests

Paul Brewer: Dynamic standards and electrochemistry

Dr Paul Brewer is leading research to underpin and provide traceability for global atmospheric monitoring (in particular, greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds), air quality, advanced manufacturing and energy gases.


Paul is the Science Area Leader of NPL's Gas and Particle Metrology Group. He received a First Class Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Southampton and a PhD in Organic Electronics from Imperial College London. He has over 12 years' experience in gas metrology and is vice chair of the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance Gas Analysis Working Group, which oversees the comparability of gas analysis measurements between National Metrology Institutes worldwide. Paul also represents the UK at EURAMET, the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch and ISO committees (TC28, TC61 and TC158).

Paul has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers. In 2012, Paul's publication on NPL's silver/silver chloride reference electrode work won the CITAC Best Paper in Metrology in Chemistry Award.

Paul is a Fellow and Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Selected publications

  • Preparation and validation of fully synthetic standard gas mixtures with atmospheric isotopic composition for global CO2 and CH4 monitoring
    P J Brewer, R J C Brown, M N Miller, M D Minarro, A Murugan, M J T Milton, G C Rhoderick
    Analytical Chemistry, 86, 1887 (2013)
  • Accurate measurements of water vapor transmission through high-performance barrier layers
    P J Brewer, B A Goody, Y Kumar, M J T Milton
    Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 075118 (2012)
  • An improved approach for fabricating Ag/AgCl reference electrodes
    P J Brewer, R J Leese, R J C Brown
    Electrochimica Acta, 71, 252 (2012)
  • Reference standards of formaldehyde from trioxane
    P J Brewer, E A D Meane, G M Vargha, R J C Brown, M J T Milton
    Talanta, 108, 83 (2013)
  • Internal Field Screening in Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes
    P J Brewer, P A Lane, A J Demello, D D C Bradley, J C Demello
    Advanced Functional Materials, 14, 562 (2004)

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6007

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016
Created: 30 Jan 2012


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