Robin Rogers

Robin Rogers

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals

McGill University

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Robin Rogers, an internationally recognized leader, to Montreal and to our university. Professor Rogers is a trailblazer and role model for the next generation of researchers, developing sustainable biomaterials that are positive for the environment and the economy. McGill has long pioneered in a range of Green Chemistry-related research, including the development of inherently safer solvents for chemical reactions and processes. Professor Rogers will spearhead efforts to redesign chemicals, materials, and manufacturing technologies to prevent pollution and save energy.”

― Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
McGill University


An alumnus of the University of Alabama—where he served as distinguished research professor, Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry, and director of the Center for Green Manufacturing—Robin Rogers is one of the world’s influential chemists and researchers. Currently the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University, Rogers has held positions at the Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Process Engineering in Beijing.

His research covers the use of ionic liquids and ‘green chemistry.’ Among other areas, this involves studying the development of polymeric and composite materials from biorenewables; novel strategies for the separation and purification of value-added products from biomass; new lubricant technologies and selective separations; and eliminating waste while delivering improved pharmaceutical performance.

A Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Rogers was also named to the inaugural cohort of American Chemical Society Fellows. He has received several prestigious awards for his work on ionic liquids, including the American Chemical Society’s Separations Science & Technology award, the Paul Walden Award and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Rogers is also the founding editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society’s journal, Crystal Growth & Design. He is an editorial board member for Separation Science & Technology, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, and Chemistry Letters, as well as a member of the international advisory boards for Green Chemistry, Chemical Communications and ChemSusChem.

The breadth of his educational, research, editorial and service endeavors gives Rogers a broad perspective on science and engineering research, development and technology transfer.

Living Better Through (Green) Chemistry

Truly sustainable development can best be achieved by universities embracing the full spectrum of scientific progress—from discovery and fundamental understanding to technological development.

Green chemistry, meanwhile, focuses on the design and implementation of processes and products that reduce or eliminate—in a manner both feasible and economically viable—the use and generation of hazardous substances, leading to new business opportunities.

Taken together, these two principles provide a framework for conducting high-quality fundamental research leveraging the potential scientific and technological impact of the resulting insights. Non-regulatory research and development approaches to cleaner, more sustainable chemical products and processes will lead to new, innovative technologies, themselves the basis for economic growth through new businesses, jobs and a skilled technical workforce.

As Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University, Robin Rogers is leading efforts to produce and support innovative and evolutionary, environmentally-aware research and development efforts. His research focuses on the design and development of next-generation sustainable biomaterials for use in polymeric materials, fuels and commodity chemicals. Rogers will also design and develop revolutionary, biologically active ionic liquids for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, leading to increased efficacy, new treatment options and a reduced environmental burden.

Rogers aims to discover and develop a molecular-level understanding of ‘ionic liquids.’ A new class of liquid salts, these ionic liquids have the potential to transform chemical and materials science, and industrial manufacturing and to lead towards more energy-efficient, low-pollution technologies. By targeting positive environmental and economic advances, rather than imposed regulatory and statutory limits, Rogers hopes to identify new and better industrial processes.