Dr Vicky Hilborne

Dr Vicky Hilborne

Lecturer (Teaching)

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2016

Research summary

Contaminant dispersion in ventilated indoor air and predictive model development, won a Pexa Award for her publication on this topic and gained a patent for a hand held portable detector of drug contaminants in drinks. Her research activities on contaminant detection and dispersion modelling in water and air ranged from drugs in surface waters to hazardous gas emissions in nuclear fuel reprocessing.  More recently Vicky has presented her work in teaching and learning development and ideas for research in STEM subject teaching delivery.

Teaching summary

Design and deliver ‘Data Analysis and Theory’ (with staff from the National Measurement Laboratory) and ‘Analytical environmental chemistry’ for the MSc Applied Analytical Chemistry Degree. Design and co-deliver a new Analytical Environmental Chemistry module for the third year undergraduate chemistry degree. Develop new and modified undergraduate, physical chemistry teaching laboratories to include a substantial analytical chemistry component, for levels 4 to 7. Develop and deliver Post Graduate Teaching Assistant, chemistry laboratory teaching training for demonstrating and marking of lab work. Supervise MSci and MSc Analytical Chemistry research projects on environmental contaminants using LCMSMS and sensor development. Second year physical chemistry tutorials. 


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow |
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ01 - Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the HE sector |
London South Bank University
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education | 2014
London South Bank University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2012
University of Edinburgh
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1993


Dr Victoria Hilborne is a Senior Teaching Fellow for University College London (UCL) Department of Chemistry, developing new teaching in analytical and physical chemistry with interest in application to environmental chemistry. Since joining UCL Chemistry in 2016, Vicky has substantially developed and modernised new physical and analytical chemistry laboratory classes, the focus being on research skill development. Before joining UCL she was a lecturer and senior technician in Analytical Chemistry for forensic, biosciences and chemical engineering at London South Bank University (LSBU). There, she designed and delivered lectures combined with practical teaching and supervised student research on a variety of forensic and environmental chemistry topics. During her time at LSBU she gained her PhD in measurement of contaminant dispersion in ventilated indoor air and predictive model development. Prior to joining LSBU she worked as a Food Health and Safety Scientist for Camden BRI (formerly Brewing Research International) and for NERC Institute of Terrestrial Ecology tracing rural atmospheric ozone. She has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry from Edinburgh University. Before studying for her first degree, Vicky worked in product development and quality control for Procter and Gamble and Valentine paints. Vicky is an elected as a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division Council and of the London Toxicology group committee, where she has also presented her work at associated conferences and workshops.