Robert received his MSci in Chemistry from Imperial College London in 2006, working with Prof. Alan Spivey. He moved to the University of Cambridge to complete his PhD (2010) with Prof. Matthew Gaunt on the development of new copper-catalysed arylation reactions. In 2011, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley on a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship with Prof. F. Dean Toste in the area of asymmetric fluorination using chiral phosphoric acid catalysts. In 2013 he returned to Cambridge for the return year of the Marie Curie Fellowship and in 2014 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which allowed him to commence independent research from October 2014.
As a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, his research focuses on the design of novel bifunctional catalysts aimed at developing new selective methodology, with an emphasis on asymmetric synthesis.