Dr Stuart Robertson

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry

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.


Synthesis, structure and DFT analysis of the THF solvate of 2-picolyllithium : a 2-picolyllithium solvate with significant carbanionic character
Brouillet Etienne V, Kennedy Alan R, Krämer Tobias, Mulvey Robert E, Robertson Stuart D, Stewart Alexander, Towie Stephen
Zeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie Vol 646, pp. 726-733 (2020)
A regioselectively 1, 1',3 ,3'-tetrazincated ferrocene complex displaying core and peripheral reactivity
Honeyman Gordon W, Armstrong David R, Clegg William, Hevia Eva, Kennedy Alan R, McLellan Ross, Orr Samantha A, Parkinson John A, Ramsay Donna L, Robertson Stuart D, Towie Stephen, Mulvey Robert E
Chemical Science Vol 11, pp. 6510-6520 (2020)
Exploiting cation aggregation in new magnesium amidohaloaluminate electrolytes for magnesium batteries
Brouillet Etienne V, Amores Marco, Corr Serena A, Robertson Stuart D
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers Vol 7, pp. 2305-2312 (2020)
Alkali-metal-mediated synergistic effects in polar main group organometallic chemistry
Robertson Stuart D, Uzelac Marina, Mulvey Robert E
Chemical Reviews Vol 119, pp. 8332-8405 (2019)
Donor-influenced structure-activity correlations in stoichiometric and catalytic reactions of lithium monoamido-monohydrido-dialkylaluminates
Lemmerz Lara E, McLellan Ross, Judge Neil R, Kennedy Alan R, Orr Samantha A, Uzelac Marina, Hevia Eva, Robertson Stuart D, Okuda Jun, Mulvey Robert E
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 24, pp. 9940-9948 (2018)
NMR spectroscopic study of the adduct formation and reactivity of homoleptic rare earth amides with alkali metal benzyl compounds, and the crystal structures of [Li(TMEDA)2][Nd{N(SiMe3)2}3(CH2Ph)] and [{Li(TMP)}2{Li(Ph)}]2.
Rachor Simon G, Cleaves Peter A, Robertson Stuart D, Mansell Stephen M
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry Vol 857, pp. 101-109 (2018)

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Professional activities

PhD External Examiner
WestCHEM Research Day
Magnesium Aluminate Complexes for Rechargeable Battery Electrolytes
4th EuCheMS Conference on Inorganic Chemistry
1,2-Dihydropyridines: From Kinetic Intermediates to Isolable Compounds
50th USIC Conference

More professional activities


Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Lynch, Jennifer
Mulvey, Robert (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Stuart (Co-investigator) Lynch, Jennifer (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Propelling Sodium to the Forefront of Metallation Chemistry
Mulvey, Robert (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Stuart (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
NPL contribution to IAA Funded project
Robertson, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
30-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2020
Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainable Practices of Research in Energy (C-INSPRE) - Strathclyde CDT
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Comerford, David (Principal Investigator) Eisler, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/c-inspre/) - £332,658.0
OGIC Downhole Energy
Berlouis, Leonard (Principal Investigator) Cussen, Eddie (Principal Investigator) Green, Todd (Co-investigator) Robertson, Stuart (Co-investigator) Roy, Sudipta (Co-investigator)
08-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020
NPL contribution to PhD Studentship - Scott Brown
Robertson, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2022

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Royal College Building

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