2018 Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science Winner

Professor Richard Compton
Professor Richard Compton
University of Oxford


Awarded for innovative advances in the analytical detection of nano-entities, seminal contributions to the calibration free measurement of pH and the development of sensors for food technology and medicine

About the Winner

Richard G Compton is Professor of Chemistry and Aldrichian Praelector at Oxford University, United Kingdom where he is also Tutor in Chemistry at St John's College. He received his PhD in 1980 at Imperial College, London.

Compton has broad interests in both fundamental and applied electrochemistry and electroanalysis including nanochemical aspects. He has published more than 1500 papers (H = 96; with more than 37,000 citations excluding self-cites) and 7 books. The 2nd edition of his graduate textbook 'Understanding Voltammetry' (with C E Banks) was published in late 2010 by World Scientific Press and a 3rd edition will appear early in 2018. He is a co-author of the scientific biography A G Stromberg - First Class Scientist, Second Class Citizen. Letters from the GULAG and a History of Electroanalysis in the USSR (WSP, 2011). 

Patents have been filed on 25 different topics including novel pH sensors (leading to the San Francisco based spin out Senova, now owned by Parker), gas sensing (in collaboration with Honeywell) and the detection of garlic strength and chilli heat in foodstuffs. The Senova pHit Scanner based on Compton group patents - the worlds first calibration-free pH meter - won the prestiguous 'best new product' award at PITTCON March 2013. 

Compton has been CAS Visiting Professor at the Institute of Physical Sciences, Hefei and is a Lifelong Honorary Professor at Sichuan University. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Estonian Agricultural University and Kharkov National University of Radioelectronics (Ukraine) and is a Fellow of the RSC and of the ISE. 

He is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Electrochemistry Communications (current IF = ca 4.85) published by Elsevier and is the joint Editor-in-Chief of the newly launched Current Opinion in Electrochemistry.

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