The department is pleased to welcome Dr. Jerome Robinson, who will join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Chemistry on July 1, 2016.
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 tenure at UPenn, 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 will focus on developing novel methods for controlling and characterizing metal-ligand lability of rare earth complexes to specifically enable applications in energy science, green chemistry, catalysis, and materials design. In addition to research, Jerome is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of science education and professional development. Outside of the lab, he can be found spending time with his wife, staying active in a number of athletic activities, and traveling.