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Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Head of Metrology

Dr Richard Brown is an NPL Fellow in Chemical Metrology.  Dr Richard Brown received his BSc in Chemistry (together with the Governors' Prize for Chemistry) and his PhD in Electrochemistry from Imperial College, London, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Since then he has worked for NPL.

In 2009, Richard was awarded the 34th SAC Silver Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry "for his excellence in the application of measurement science to a variety of analytical chemistry problems. In particular, the areas of environmental analytical chemistry, electroanalysis and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy." He is a four times winner of the CITAC Award for the Most Important Paper in Metrology in Chemistry (2008, 2012, 2016 and 2018) for a variety of important analytical chemistry advances.

In 2012, Richard was awarded the Doctor of Science (DSc) Degree from Imperial College in 'The Application of Measurement Science to Environmental Analytical Chemistry for Air Quality Studies'.

Richard has published in excess of 215 peer-reviewed papers.

Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Scientist, and holder of the European Chemist designation.

In 2015, Richard was made an NPL Fellow in Chemical Metrology and in 2017 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's L S Theobald Lectureship, in recognition of his significant contributions to the analytical sciences.

In March 2018, Richard was appointed as the inaugural Head of Metrology at NPL, with accountability for ensuring the quality of NPL's scientific research and measurement service work.

In 2019 Richard was awarded the Oxburgh Medal by the Institute of Measurement and Control for contributions to measurement, instrumentation and control in the field of environmental science and engineering of outstanding merit.

In 2020 Richard was appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey, concentrating on general metrology topics, quality assurance, metrological traceability, and confidence in measurement.

Current interests


Richard is leading work in the trace chemical analysis area to provide traceability for, and improve the accuracy of, measurements of pollutants in ambient air and other environmental matrices. He is also involved in research into complex data analysis and calibration techniques.

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Recent publications

  1. Brown, R J C
    Metrologia, 2020, 57, 023001. doi:10.1088/1681-7575/ab6cd7
  2. Güttler, B; Bettin, H; Brown, R J C; Davis, R S; Mester, Z; Milton, M J T; Pramann, A; Rienitz, O; Vocke, R D; Wielgosz, R I “Amount of substance and the mole in the SIMetrologia, 2019, 56, 044002. doi:10.1088/1681-7575/ab1fae
  3. Brown, R J C "Considerations on compound SI prefixes" Measurement, 2019, 140, 237-239. doi:10.1016/j.measurement.2019.04.024
  4. Brown, R J C "On the nature of SI prefixes and the requirements for extending the available range" Measurement, 2019, 137, 339–343. doi:10.1016/j.measurement.2019.01.059
  5. Brewer, P J; Brown, R J C; Tarasova, O A; Hall, B; Rhoderick, G C; Wielgosz, R I "SI traceability and scales for underpinning atmospheric monitoring of greenhouse gases" Metrologia, 2018, 55, S174–S181. doi:10.1088/1681-7575/aad830
  6. Brown, R J C "The evolution of chemical metrology: distinguishing between amount of substance and counting quantities, now and in future" Metrologia, 2018, 55, L25–L33. doi:10.1088/1681-7575/aaace8

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