Robert Hodgkins is a Senior Scientist within the Refining Development team, Refining and Upgrading Division at Saudi Aramco’s Research and Development Center. Robert joined the company in 2014. The focus of his current research is in leading R&D projects related to catalyst development, aromatics upgrading and converting refinery waste into commodities—aligned with the short- and long-term needs of Saudi Aramco’s refineries. Robert has been the lead researcher on projects that have led to the development of new technologies.
Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, he worked within corporate R&D for Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, UK, as the lead scientist in designing new, and optimizing existing, zeolites for emission control technologies for NOx abatement, with responsibility to design Johnson Matthey’s in-house global next generation emission control products.
He has a broad experience in leading R&D projects and his research has pursued interests in tailor-made nanoporous materials with an emphasis on controlling the design, composition and structure of zeolites and zeotypes, mesoporous silica, porous carbons and porous single crystal metal oxides relating to fields within: catalysis, chromatography, diagnostics and drug delivery.
Robert Hodgkins holds a PhD in Chemistry, from the University of St. Andrews, UK. He holds 5 patents to his name with a further 25 patent filings and has published multiple scientific articles.