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New NPL Fellow

Professor Paul Brewer has been appointed an NPL Fellow in the field of Chemical Metrology

NPL Fellowship is a recognition of individual merit awarded to scientists who are making very significant contributions to NPL’s scientific achievement and standing. Professor Paul Brewer is being acknowledged for his innovative and revolutionary scientific advances in atmospheric chemistry, air pollution monitoring and the quality assurance of emerging fuels and his inspirational scientific leadership.

Paul’s main research focus is on underpinning composition and isotope ratio measurements of key components governing atmospheric processes. He is recognised internationally for the development of gas reference materials with unprecedented uncertainties and advances in understanding the chemistry of components in the gas phase, their stability and behaviour at the interface with storage media.

Paul developed the first synthetic carbon dioxide and methane reference materials with an ambient isotopic composition for addressing commutability issues and widespread traceability, high precision analytical methods for their validation and novel preparation approaches to reduce the influence of adsorption on measurement uncertainty. He also pioneered the world’s first facility for providing traceable measurements of water vapour transmission rate of high-performance barrier materials for encapsulating plastic electronics. This was recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Industrial Analytical Award last year.

Paul has made significant contributions to NPL’s external profile. He is the chair of the CIPM Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance Gas Analysis Working Group, which oversees the comparability of gas analysis measurements between National Metrology Institutes worldwide. He also represents NPL at the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch, providing the Central Calibration Laboratory for nitrogen monoxide and non-methane hydrocarbons and acts as an international accreditation technical expert for gas analysis.

Paul has made a major contribution to the scientific literature with more than 60 peer-reviewed publications. His business focus has created substantial impact for NPL. As Science Leader of the Gas and Particle Metrology Group he has led the delivery of a profitable measurement service portfolio and is the signatory for NPL gas reference materials produced under ISO 17034 and 17025.

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Paul Brewer

27 Nov 2019