Team members – Robert John Hobbs

Research scientists / postdoctoral researchers:

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Robert John Hobbs

Rob studied at Bangor University where in December 2015 he was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry. The thesis was titled ‘A universal magnetic carrier for use in cancer prodrug therapy’ and the viva voce was examined by Dr. Peter Searle (Birmingham University). After a brief period of postdoctoral research with Dr Chris Gwenin’s ARCH group studying a novel drug delivery system, Rob began postdoctoral research for Prof. Peter Holliman. The focus of this work was on emerging photovoltaic materials and energy-related devices. Rob re-joined the ARCH group as a research officer to work on the toxicological NRN life science funded project. The main focus of the work was to study the nanoparticle toxicity of the novel drug delivery system. Rob has a wide range of skills in the life sciences research area, but also in electrochemistry and PV research. Rob is now a Research & Development Innovation Officer on the CALIN project and is working closely with SME partners. In addition to this Rob is currently undertaking the PGCertHE course with the view to obtaining HEA Fellow status. Rob has a keen interest in health & safety and laboratory management.


Phone: 01248 382035

2015 – Ph.D. Chemistry, Bangor University, UK2011 – M.Sc. (Merit): Analytical Chemistry, Bangor University, UK2010 – B.Sc. (Hons): Chemistry, Bangor University, UK

  1. S. D. Anderson, R. J. Hobbs, V. V. Gwenin, P. Ball, L. A. Bennie, J. A. Coulter, and C. D. Gwenin, Cell Penetrating Peptides as a Tool for the Cellular Uptake of a Genetically Modified Nitroreductase for use in Directed Enzyme Prodrug TherapyJournal of Functional Biomaterials, (2019), 10(4), 45
  2. W. Furnell, P.J. Holliman, A. Connell, E.W. Jones, R.J. Hobbs, C.P. Kershaw, R. Anthony, T. Watson, J, McGettrick, Digital imaging to simultaneously study device lifetimes of multiple dye-sensitized solar cells, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2017, 1, 362-370.
  3. W. Jones, P.J. Holliman, A. Connell, M.L. Davies, J. Baker, R.J. Hobbs, S. Ghosh, L.W. Furnell, R. Anthony, A novel dimethylformamide (DMF) free bar-cast method to deposit organolead perovskite thin films with improved stability, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 4301-4304.
  4. Connell, P.J. Holliman, E.W. Jones, M.L. Davies, R.J. Hobbs, L.W. Furnell and S. Ghosh, Surface engineering in dye sensitized solar cells, Materials Research Innovations, 2015, 19, 7, 494-496.
  5. J. Holliman, A. Connell, E.W. Jones, R.J. Hobbs, L.W. Furnell and S. Ghosh, Solvent issues during processing and device lifetime for perovskite solar cells, Materials Research Innovations, 2015, 19, 7, 508-511.

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News: December 2019

jos.jpgCongratulations to Josh for passing his MRes

News: December 2019

towerDr. Gwenin leaves Bangor

News: November 2019

P1000779Congratulations to Pat on passing his PhD

News: October 2019

Congratulations to Simon, Rob, and Pat, on the publication of the groups first CPP paper