Dr. Robin D. Rogers was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1957 and moved to Alabama in 1960. He obtained both his B.S. in Chemistry (1978, Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1982) at The University of Alabama and is currently a Distinguished University Research Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing at UA. Dr. Rogers' first faculty position was at Northern Illinois University (1982) where he was promoted through the ranks to full professor in 1994 and Presidential Research Professor in 1995. During this time, he worked closely with Argonne National Laboratory and was a faculty appointee there from 1993 to 1998. In 1996, he left Illinois to return to a full professorship at his alma mater. In 1998, he became the Director for The University of Alabama's Center for Green Manufacturing.
Rogers holds seven issued patents and has published over 550 papers on a diverse array of topics including structural chemistry, green separation science and technology, room temperature ionic liquids, aqueous biphasic separations, dissolved metal ion separations, environmental applications, pollution prevention, pollution remediation, design and synthesis of porous solids, radiochemistry, and environmental inorganic chemistry. He currently holds research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Air Force, and various companies and foundations.
Rogers was the Editor of Journal of Chemical Crystallography, one of the Founding Editors of Crystal Engineering, and an Associate Editor for Separation Science and Technology. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for Separation Science & Technology, and Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange and on the International Advisory boards for Green Chemistry and Chemical Communications. Rogers is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the new ACS journal Crystal Growth & Design.
He has had an influential role in the expansion of interest and research in ionic liquid systems, his initial paper on ionic liquid/aqueous partitioning (Chem. Commun. 1998, 1765) effectively kick-started interest in applying ionic liquids to clean separations. In 2005 he was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic Division) for work related to the use of ionic liquids in sustainable technology. This technology was licensed later that year to BASF.
Rogers has co-organized a variety of meetings and symposia on Industrial Applications of Ionic Liquids. The breadth of educational, research, editorial, and service endeavors gives Rogers a broad perspective on science and engineering research, development, and technology transfer.