Health and Safety Laboratory, UK
Owen is a principal scientist and the technical lead for the inorganic measurements within the Analytical Chemistry Team at the UK Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL). His research interests lie in the development of new and improved methods for the sampling and analysis of chemical agents in air and such work is largely disseminated through the publication of national (UK HSE, MDHS series); European (EN standards) and International (ISO standards).
He is also the technical advisor to the joint HSL-LGC Standards AIR proficiency testing scheme, a leading global external quality assurance scheme for laboratories undertaking chemical in air measurements. Owen is a member of a number of UKAS, BSI and Eurachem scientific advisory committees on proficiency testing and reference material production activities.
Owen is currently the chair of the Atomic Spectrometry Updates (ASU) board and he is the topic group coordinator for the annual ASU Environmental Analysis review.
Owen originates from County Tipperary, Ireland and obtained a BSc in Chemistry from University College Cork in 1988. An MSc in analytical chemistry followed in 1990 prior to joining HSL in 1991. In 1998 he took up a research position with Professor Cameron McLeod at the University of Sheffield, where work focused on the development of analytical methods for the determination of trace species in pharmaceutical compounds, before re-joining HSL in 2000.