Karen Robertson completed her PhD at Imperial College London in 2012, focussing on targeting interconnected metal-organic framework (MOF) architectures through multi-podal ligand design. Since then her work has spanned synthetic and physical chemistry, materials science and engineering through positions at Clariant Oil Services, the University of Bath and the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces.
Karen uses flow technologies to understand and control solution-based assembly of materials with optimised properties, including in situ monitoring of crystallisation processes and reaction engineering. Her paper on integrated flow synthesis and crystallisation was the most-read article in the RSC journal Reaction Chemistry and Engineering in Q4 2018. In 2018 Karen was awarded with an Anne McLaren Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham where she is co-located with the Research Complex at Harwell at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory STFC site.