Dr Robert Edkins

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

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.


Self-assembly of minimal peptoid sequences
Castelletto Valeria, Seitsonen Jani, Tewari Kunal M, Hasan Abshar, Edkins Robert M, Ruokolainen Janne, Pandey Lalit M, Hamley Ian W, Lau King Hang Aaron
ACS Macro Letters Vol 9, pp. 494-499 (2020)
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 Stefanie, Michail Evripidis, Rauch Florian, Ogasawara Hiroaki, Wang Chenguang, Sato Yoshikatsu, Edkins Robert, Zhang Zuolun, Taki Masayasu, Lambert Christoph, Yamaguchi Shigehiro, Marder Todd B
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 25, pp. 13164-13175 (2019)
Picosecond self-diffusion in ethanol-water mixtures
Seydel Tilo, Edkins Robert M, Edkins Katharina
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Vol 21, pp. 9547-9552 (2019)
Increased rate of solvent diffusion in a prototypical supramolecular gel measured on the picosecond timescale
Seydel Tilo, Edkins Robert M, Jones Christopher D, Foster Jonathan A, Bewley Robert, Aguilar Juan A, Edkins Katharina
Water-soluble triarylborane chromophores for one- and two-photon excited fluorescence imaging of mitochondria in cells
Griesbeck Stefanie, Zhang Zuolun, Gutmann Marcus, Lühmann Tessa, Edkins Robert M, Clermont Guillaume, Lazar Adina N, Haehnel Martin, Edkins Katharina, Eichhorn Antonius, Blanchard-Desce Mireille, Meinel Lorenz, Marder Todd B
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 22, pp. 14701-14706 (2016)
Electromagnetic susceptibility anisotropy and its importance for paramagnetic NMR and optical spectroscopy in lanthanide coordination chemistry
Blackburn Octavia A, Edkins Robert M, Faulkner Stephen, Kenwright Alan M, Parker David, Rogers Nicola J, Shuvaev Sergey
Dalton Transactions Vol 45, pp. 6782-6800 (2016)

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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.


Optimized Fluorescent Dyes for Gated Stimulated-Emission-Depletion Live-Cell Microscopy
Edkins, Robert (Principal Investigator)
09-Jan-2020 - 08-Jan-2021
Transformative Technologies for Nanomedicine Characterization Centre for Doctoral Training
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Edkins, Robert (Principal Investigator) Van de Linde, Sebastian (Principal Investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Henrich, Oliver (Principal Investigator)
31-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2024
Fluorescent probes for detection and mapping of the reactive oxygen species peroxynitrite
Edkins, Robert (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020

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