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Dr Stuart Robertson

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

I currently hold 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.

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.


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)
1-Alkali-metal-2-alkyl-1,2-dihydropyridines : soluble hydride surrogates for catalytic dehydrogenative coupling and hydroboration applications
McLellan Ross, Kennedy Alan R., Mulvey Robert E., Orr Samantha A., Robertson Stuart D.
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 23, pp. 16853-16861, (2017)
Exploring the solid state and solution structural chemistry of the utility amide potassium hexamethyldisilazide (KHMDS)
Ojeda-Amador Ana I., Martínez-Martínez Antonio J., Robertson Gemma M., Robertson Stuart D., Kennedy Alan R., O'Hara Charles T.
Dalton Transactions Vol 46, pp. 6392-6403, (2017)
Contrasting the Group 6 metal-metal bonding in sodium dichromate(II) and sodium dimolybdate(II) polymethyl complexes : synthetic, x-ray crystallographic and theoretical studies
Campbell Ross, Kennedy Alan R., McLellan Ross, Robertson Stuart D., Sproules Stephen, Mulvey Robert E.
Dalton Transactions Vol 46, pp. 6392-6403, (2017)
Lithium dihydropyridine dehydrogenation catalysis : a group 1 approach to cyclisation of diamine-boranes
McLellan Ross, Kennedy Alan R., Orr Samantha A., Robertson Stuart D., Mulvey Robert E.
Angewandte Chemie Vol 56, pp. 1036-1041, (2017)

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