Robert Edkins, MChem PhD MRSC


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Personal Statement

Bob Edkins graduated from Durham University in 2009 with a MChem degree. He stayed in Durham to complete a PhD in early 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Beeby on the excited state properties of iridium complexes.

He moved to Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany, in February 2013 for a PDRA position with Prof. Todd Marder, where he studied the optical properties of rhodacyclopentadiene complexes. Soon after, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship that allowed him to remain in Würzburg, but switched focus onto the optical properties of three-coordinate boron compounds.

In 2015 he moved to the University of Oxford where he held a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship, hosted in the laboratory of Prof. Stephen Faulkner. Here, he began his independent research on the synthesis of phthalocyanine phtosensitizers for phototherapy and on imaging agents for super-resolution microscopy.

He moved to the University of Strathclyde to take up a Chancellor's Fellowship/Lecturer position in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which he began in September 2018. Here, he is continuing his research into the optical properties of a variety of novel molecules (see Research Interests).

Bob is currently the secretary of the RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry Group.

Research Interests

We are interested in the excited-state properties of molecular materials in condensed phases, both from a fundamental viewpoint and for applications in light-emitting devices, solar-energy harvesting, bio-imaging and phototherapies. Our work combines synthetic chemistry, optical spectroscopy, and theoretical calculations.

We have experience with a wide range of materials, including transition metal complexes (in particular those of rhodium and iridium), main-group compounds (particularly phosphorus- and boron-based), lanthanide complexes, and organic chromophores, such as pyrene derivatives. We also have a strong interest in two-photon absorption spectroscopy, including the design of new materials with large two-photon absorption cross-sections, and in near-infrared emission.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Chemistry, University of Durham

External positions

Secretary of the RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry Group

1 Sep 201731 Aug 2020

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Iridium Chemical Compounds
Chromophores Chemical Compounds
Photons Chemical Compounds
Fluorescence Chemical Compounds
Dimers Chemical Compounds
Quantum yield Chemical Compounds
Lanthanoid Series Elements Chemical Compounds
Optical properties Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2019 2024

Research Output 2011 2019

Picosecond self-diffusion in ethanol-water mixtures

Seydel, T., Edkins, R. M. & Edkins, K., 16 Apr 2019, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 21, 18, p. 9547-9552 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ethyl alcohol
1 Citation (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

The effect of branching on the one- and two-photon absorption, cell viability and localization of cationic triarylborane chromophores with dipolar vs. octupolar charge distributions for cellular imaging

Griesbeck, S., Michail, E., Rauch, F., Ogasawara, H., Wang, C., Sato, Y., Edkins, R., Zhang, Z., Taki, M., Lambert, C., Yamaguchi, S. & Marder, T. B., 11 Oct 2019, In : Chemistry - A European Journal. 25, 57, p. 13164-13175 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Charge distribution
Cell Survival