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Neil Robinson

Neil Robinson

PhD student

Heterogeneous Catalysis

Surface Science

Computational Chemistry


PhD Student, Departments of Chemical Engineering (D'Agostino) & Chemistry (Jenkins), University of Cambridge, 2014 - Present 

MChem (Hons) Chemistry with Year in Industry, First Class Hons, Cardiff University, 2010-2014

Professor Wyn Roberts Memorial Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Research, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University,  2014 

Licentiateship (Chemistry), City and Guilds Institute (LCGI), 2014 

Intern, Industrial Chemicals R&D, DSM Chemical Technology, Geleen, Netherlands, 2012-2013

Other Professional Activities




  • diffusion
  • porous media
  • NMR
  • adsorption
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • green chemistry

Key Publications

Direct correlation between adsorption energetics and nuclear spin relaxation in liquid-saturated catalyst material, Neil Robinson, Christopher Robertson, Lynn F. Gladden, Stephen J. Jenkins and Carmine D'Agostino, ChemPhysChem, Accepted, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201800513

Exploring catalyst passivation with NMR relaxation. Neil Robinson, Lynn F. Gladden and Carmine D'Agostino. Faraday Discuss., 2017, 204, 439-452. DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00098G

The functionalisation of graphite surfaces with nitric acid: Identification of functional groups and their effects in gold deposition. Rebecca Burgess, Carlo Buono, Philip R. Davies, Robert J. Davies, Thomas Legge, Amy Lai, Ryan Lewis, David J. Morgan, Neil Robinson and David J. Willock. Journal of Catalysis, 2015, 323, 10-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2014.12.021

Spectroscopic and atomic force studies of the functionalisation of carbon surfaces: New insights into the role of the surface topography and specific chemical states. Carlo Buono, Philip R. Davies, Robert J. Davies, Thomas Jones, Jiří Kulhavý, Ryan Lewis, David J. Morgan, Neil Robinson and David J. Willock. Faraday Discuss., 2014, 173, 257-272. DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00061G

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