Nicholas J Robertson

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Fuel cells are energy conversion devices that show great potential in numerous applications ranging from automobiles to portable electronics. However, further development of fuel cell components is necessary for them to become commercially viable. One component critical to their performance is the polymer electrolyte membrane, which is an ion conductive(More)
Ruthenium(II) PNN complexes depolymerize many polyesters into diols and polycarbonates into glycols plus methanol via hydrogenation. Notably, polyesters with two methylene units between ester linkages depolymerize to carboxylic acids rather than diols. This methodology represents a new approach for producing useful chemicals from waste plastics.
TNT Equivalency methods are widely used for vapour cloud explosion blast modeling. Presently, however, other types of models are available which do not have the fundamental objections TNT Equivalency models have. TNO Multi-Energy method is increasingly accepted as a more reasonable alternative to be used as a simple and practical method. Computer codes(More)
The Milstein catalyst has proven to be highly effective for the conversion of alcohols to esters, as well as alcohols and amines to amides and polyamides. We have recently found that the catalyst's range can be extended to very efficient in vacuo dehydrogenation polymerization of α,ω-diols to generate polyesters. The gaseous hydrogen byproduct that is(More)
We report the development of a facile ring-opening olefin metathesis route to alkaline anion exchange membranes via the copolymerization of a tetraalkylammonium-functionalized norbornene with dicyclopentadiene. The thin films generated are mechanically strong and exhibit high hydroxide conductivities and exceptional methanol tolerance.
The synthesis of two-dimensional double metal cyanide complexes of the formula Co(H2O)2[M(CN)4].4H2O (M=Ni, Pd or Pt) and the X-ray crystal structure of Co(H2O)2[Pd(CN)4].4H2O are presented. The anhydrous forms of these complexes were found to be effective catalyst precursors for the homopolymerization of propylene oxide as well as the random(More)
This report describes the synthesis, structural characterization, and polymerization behavior of a series of chromium(II) and chromium(III) complexes ligated by tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine (TPA), including chromium(III) organometallic derivatives. For instance, the combination of TPA with CrCl(2) yields monomeric (TPA)CrCl(2) (1). A similar reaction of(More)
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