Researching nanoengineeringAffiliated UWA Appointed 2022
Dr Neil Robinson translates NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) methods to a variety of energy systems; these include natural gas storage using microporous zeolites, heterogenous catalysts for biofuel production, and the transformation of hydrogen fuel into more easily transportable liquids.
Dr Neil Robinson is a physical chemist and chemical engineering researcher working within the Fluid Science and Resources Research Group (www.fsr.ecm.uwa.edu.au) at The University of Western Australia. His research lies in the development and characterisation of next-generation materials for energy, environmental and societal applications, with a strong focus on understanding gas and liquid dynamics within functional porous media.
Neil achieved a First Class MChem Chemistry degree from Cardiff University (Cardiff, UK) in 2014, following which he undertook a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. His doctoral research was undertaken at Cambridge’s Magnetic Resonance Research Centre and focused on the applications of novel magnetic resonance methods (similar to medical MRI) in surface science and heterogeneous catalysis. As a Research Associate at The University of Western Australia (2019 – 2022) Neil then worked with Prof Mike Johns to extend these approaches across diverse fluid-saturated porous systems. His Fellowship aims to expand these methods to the study and development of spin conversion catalysts – exotic porous materials necessary for the efficient and large-scale transport of hydrogen.