Robert DawsonDr Robert Dawson

Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry

Room: C96

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Dawson received his MChem in Chemistry with German from the University of Liverpool in 2006. After a year spent teaching English in Germany, he returned to Liverpool to complete his PhD with Prof. Andrew I. Cooper graduating in 2010 and spending a further two years in the group as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2012 he moved to the Technical University of Berlin as a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow before returning to the UK in 2014 at the University of Bath. In 2015 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Sheffield.

Research Keywords

Porous Polymers, Gas storage, Heterogeneous catalysis, CO2 utilisation.

Teaching Keywords

Polymer Chemistry

Selected Publications:

Research Interests

My research focuses on the synthesis and applications of microporous polymers. These materials are produced from rigid organic building blocks linked together using high yielding chemistries to produce networks. The subsequent removal of the reaction solvent from the rigid framework leaves behind channels into which small molecules can be adsorbed. Previously, I have looked at these materials for applications in hydrogen gas storage, carbon dioxide capture and heterogeneous catalysis. My current research looks at these materials for energy applications; for example reducing energy demand by performing reactions photocatalytically, and utilising CO2 to produce valuable materials.

Teaching Section

Inorganic Chemistry

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • The lanthanide elements: properties and applications (Year 3)
    This segment provides an introduction to the lanthanide and actinide elements, their coordination and organometallic chemistry, and the applications of their compounds.
  • Advanced Polymer Chemistry (Year 4)
    This segment introduces ways of synthesizing polymers with useful functionality and introduces the basic concepts involved in carrying out these reactions.

Postgraduate Courses Taught

  • Fundamental Polymer Chemistry
  • Advanced Polymer Chemistry

Tutorial & Workshop Support

  • Second Year Inorganic Tutorials.
  • Third Year Literature Review.

Laboratory Teaching

  • Second Year Demonstrating
  • Third Year Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Fourth Year Research Project

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Dawson R & Thomas A (2013) Microporous organic polymers as catalysts. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 245
  • Ren S, Dawson R, Jiang J-X, Adams DJ & Cooper AI (2012) 1,3,5-Triazine based microporous organic polymers: Synthesis and applications. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 244
  • Drage T, Snape CE, Stevens L, Wood J, Wang J, Guo X, Silva CC, Dawson R & Cooper A (2012) Step change adsorbents and processes for CO2 capture "STEPCAP". ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 243
  • Dawson R, Adams DJ & Cooper AI (2010) Controlling porosity in conjugated microporous polymer networks. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 240
  • Jiang JX, Su F, Trewin A, Wood CD, Campbell NL, Niu H, Dickinson C, Ganin AY, Dawson R, Jones JTA, Rosseinsky MJ, Cooper AI & Khimyak YZ (2008) Advanced amorphous porous polymer networks: Understanding molecular level structure and dynamics using solid-state NMR. American Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry, Vol. 49(1) (pp 639)
  • Cooper AI, Jiang J-X, Dawson R, Su F, Niu H, Wood CD, Jones JTA, Khimyak Y & Trewin A (2008) POLY 517-Synthesis of nanoporous conjugated polymer networks. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 236
  • Cooper AI, Campbell NL, Jiang J-X, Stockel E, Dawson R, Higgins S, Niu H & Clowes R (2008) POLY 159-Combinatorial microwave synthesis of nanoporous poly(aryleneethynylene)s. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 236
  • Jiang J-X, Su F, Trewin A, Wood CD, Campbell NL, Niu H, Dickinson C, Ganin A, Dawson R, Jones JTA, Rosseinsky MJ, Cooper AI & Khimyak YZ (2008) POLY 381-Advanced amorphous porous polymer networks: Understanding molecular level structure and dynamics using solid-state NMR. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 235