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Personal Statement

I currently hold a Chancellor's Fellowship having previously been the recipient of a five-year Royal Society of Edinburgh BP Trust personal research Fellowship hosted here at Strathclyde (2012-2017). My main research focus is on both homo- and heterometallic main group and transition metal complexes (particularly alkyls and amides), and how they can be used practically in socially and economically important applications. We are especially interested in the s-block metals such as lithium, sodium and magnesium and the novel chemistry that can be obtained when these are paired with environmentally benign metals of high natural abundance such as zinc, aluminium and iron. These metals are considerably cheaper than precious transition metals and, once more is understood about their chemistry, they have the potential to replace the heavy metals in diverse areas including catalysis, while their lower molecular weight makes them attractive in the field of energy storage materials. We are currently focused on the pairing of these elements for the targeted synthesis of electrolyte complexes for post-lithium batteries. Mg for example shows considerable promise here due to its divalency and considerable natural abundance.

I received MChem (Hons) and Phd degrees from the University of St Andrews in 2002 and 2006 respectively, the latter studying the coordination chemistry of polyaromatic disulfide ligands in the group of Prof Derek Woollins. Following this I joined the group of Prof Tris Chivers at the University of Calgary, Canada for a three year postdoctoral spell researching the synthesis, coordination and redox chemistry of group 16 imidodiphosphinate ligands. I then returned home to my native Scotland to take up a postdoctoral position under the direction of Prof Robert Mulvey at Strathclyde where I studied main group bimetallic complexes.

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Research Output

  • 79 Article
  • 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Literature review

A regioselectively 1, 1',3 ,3'-tetrazincated ferrocene complex displaying core and peripheral reactivity

Honeyman, G. W., Armstrong, D. R., Clegg, W., Hevia, E., Kennedy, A. R., McLellan, R., Orr, S. A., Parkinson, J. A., Ramsay, D. L., Robertson, S. D., Towie, S. & Mulvey, R. E., 27 Mar 2020, In : Chemical Science. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Downloads (Pure)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Development of magnesium aluminate and gallate chemistry incentivised by potential in rechargeable battery technology

    Author: Brouillet, E., 29 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Robertson, S. (Supervisor) & Mulvey, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Royal Society of Edinburgh BP Trust Fellowship

    Stuart Robertson (Recipient), 1 Oct 2012

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    • 4 Invited talk
    • 2 Participation in conference
    • 2 Organiser of major conference
    • 1 Examination

    PhD External Examiner

    Stuart Robertson (Examiner)
    28 Sep 2018

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    WestCHEM Research Day

    Stuart Robertson (Participant)
    23 Aug 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference