Robert graduated in 2014 from the University of Southampton with a MChem degree with six month placement. His placement was undertaken at AkzoNobel in Deventer, Holland working in the field of organometallic chemistry.
Upon completion of his masters degree, Robert remained at the University of Southampton to carry out his PhD studies under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Kitchen. His research probed spin crossover based functional devices in both their synthesis and deposition, which included significant solid state analysis of the supramolecular structure of the materials.
He moved to the University of Birmingham in October 2018, to take up a teaching fellow role.