Ian Brindle, Vice-President, Research
Ian Brindle first came to Brock as a graduate student in 1968, returning as a Senior Demonstrator in 1974. He became an assistant professor in 1986, a full professor in 1989, and in 2001 was appointed Dean. He served in that capacity until his appointment as Vice-President of Research. Along the way he was also interim Associate Vice-President, Research and International Development in 2007-08.
Brindle is a professor of Chemistry, holds a Chancellor’s Chair in Research Excellence and is author of more than 70 publications in analytical chemistry. The University of Manchester awarded him the degree of Doctor of Science for belonging to that group of scientists who “have distinguished themselves as authorities in the field by their substantial and original contributions to the advancement of knowledge.” He also holds a BSc from Manchester and an MSc from Brock.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), his work on hydride-forming elements and his pioneering use of L-cysteine in the determination of these elements led to its being called the “Brindle Reagent”. The reagent is used worldwide.
With Roger McLaughlin, of Brock’s Department of Chemistry, he received a US patent for a device for atomic spectrometry. Known as the Multimode Sample Introduction System, the device improves laboratory performance in the analysis of water, wastewater, sludges and sediments for toxic elements such as arsenic and selenium. The device is used in laboratories across Ontario and in the US, the UK and Europe.
Brindle has also developed sensitive techniques for tracking the flow of contaminants into the Niagara River from chemical waste dumps in New York State.