My watch list


Prof. Dr. Gavin O’Connor

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Prof. Dr. Gavin O’Connor

Gavin O’Connor was born in Dublin and completed a Diploma in analytical chemistry at Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland, in 1993. He continued his studies in analytical chemistry to B.Sc. level in the UK before completing his PhD in mass spectrometry at the University of Plymouth in 1998. From here he took up a position in the Chemical Metrology group at LGC (the UK’s Designated Institute for chemical and bio-measurement) where he developed reference methods for the certification of reference materials using isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS). In 2013 he moved to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, were he worked on the reference methods for priority food allergens. In 2018 he took up a joint appointment as Head of Department of Biochemistry at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the National Metrology Institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Professor of Biochemical Metrology at TU Braunschweig.


Gavin O’Connor is a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, CChem.). He was Chair of the British Mass Spectrometry Society from 2016 to 2018, having previously been Meetings Secretary and General Secretary. From 2010 to 2013, he was EURAMET Convenor of the Organic Analysis sub-committee on Metrology in Chemistry, and from 2011 to 2014 he was an Intercontinental Advisory Board member for Accreditation and Quality Assurance. In 2010, Gavin O’Connor was an invited lecturer on the NIST sponsored MSc on Metrology in Chemistry at the University of Maryland, and between 2000 and 2013 the UK representative on Organic Analysis, BIPM Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance: Metrology in Chemistry and Biology (CCQM). His ResearcherID for publications is D-9767-2016.


Gavin O’Connor is Head of Department for Biochemistry at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and Professor of Biochemical Metrology at the Technical University of Braunschweig. Having previously worked at LGC in the UK and the European Commission’s, Joint Research Centre, his research has focused the provision of metrologically traceable results for the characterization of reference materials using IDMS. The focus of the Department of Biochemistry at PTB is on the development of high accuracy measurement procedures for clinically relevant targets.


  • Mass Spectrometry

Facts, background information, dossiers

  • metrological traceability

Other articles by this author

All articles

More about Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt

q&more – the networking platform for quality excellence in lab and process

The q&more concept is to increase the visibility of recent research and innovative solutions, and support the exchange of knowledge. In the broad spectrum of subjects covered, the focus is on achieving maximum quality in highly innovative sectors. As a modern knowledge platform, q&more offers market participants one-of-a-kind networking opportunities. Cutting-edge research is presented by authors of international repute. Attractively presented in a high-quality context, and published in German and English, the original articles introduce new concepts and highlight unconventional solution strategies.

> more about q&more

q&more is supported by:


Your browser is not current. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 does not support some functions on Chemie.DE