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Jerome R. Robinson

Office: Geo-Chem 341
Phone: 401-863-3249


Dr. Jerome R. Robinson was born and raised in the small town of Edgerton, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse earning a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics in 2009. As an undergraduate he worked with Professor Rob McGaff on the synthesis, separations, and catalytic properties of novel modified metallophthallocyanines, which sparked his passion for research and inorganic chemistry. Upon graduating, Jerome moved to Philadelphia to pursue his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, working as a joint student in the labs of Professors Eric J. Schelter and Patrick J. Walsh. His work focused on the synthesis of novel f-element BINOLate complexes and their applications in redox chemistry, catalysis, and complex design. During his time at Penn, Jerome received several awards recognizing his commitment to excellence in teaching and research, including the Penn Award for Excellence in Graduate Research and being named a Dean's Scholar. After finishing graduate studies, he spent time in industry as a Research Chemist with Axalta Coating Systems working to develop innovative and sustainable solutions in the areas of corrosion science, polymer and materials chemistry, and coatings technology. Jerome's research interests are interdisciplinary, and lie at the interface of inorganic, organic, and materials chemistry. At Brown, Jerome's research has focused on developing innovative, fundamental approaches to harness metal-ligand lability to address grand societal challenges. Jerome's mechanistically-driven research program has received several awards, including the ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, and PMSE Young Investigator Award.


In addition to research, Jerome is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of science education and professional development. Jerome considers mentoring and working with students one of the best parts of his job, and in 2023, he received Brown's Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising & Mentoring.  Outside of the lab, he can be found spending time with his wife and two children, cooking, staying active, and traveling. 

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