Dr Robert Cooper

Director, Anglia Ruskin Innovation Centre (ARIC)

Faculty of Business and Law
Areas of Expertise:

Robert is Director of the Anglia Ruskin Innovation Centre (ARIC), a strategic partnership between Anglia Ruskin University and TWI Limited, which aims to develop a comprehensive research capacity focused on digital transformation of management, people, skills, and organisational innovation within an Industry 4.0 context.

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Before joining ARU, Robert worked in the Technology Innovation Management team at TWI, specialising in collaborative innovation projects, working with universities, SMEs and large enterprises.

Since 2018 he has delivered over £64 million of collaborative funding within a range of sectors including digital, automotive, aerospace, maritime, construction, healthcare and agri-tech.

Robert has a background in inorganic chemistry focused on small molecule activation and catalysis from the University of Oxford (MCHEM/DPhil).

Research interests

  • Industry 4/5.0
  • Net Zero
  • Sustainable construction
  • Big data


  • DPhil (PhD), Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • MCHEM, Chemistry, University of Oxford

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Co-PI: Up-Skill: Up-Skilling for Industry 5.0 Roll-Out – Improving the understanding of how business can lever value from human and technology integration through detailed ethnographic comparative case studies. Horizon Europe. Total Project value €5M, income to ARU €637,186. September 2022 to August 2025.

Selected recent publications

Fraser, D.A.X., Turner, Z.R., Cooper, R.T., Buffet, J.-C., Green, J.C. and O’Hare, D. (2022) ‘Multimetallic Permethylpentalene Hydride Complexes’, Inorganic Chemistry, 61(31), pp. 12207-12218.

Turnell-Ritson, R.C., Sapsford, J.S., Cooper, R.T., Lee, S.S., Foldes, T., Hunt, P.A., Papai, I. and Ashley, A.E. (2018) ‘Base-Induced Reversible H2 Addition to a Single Sn(II) Centre’, Chemical Science, 9, pp. 8716-8722.

Cooper, R.T., Sapsford, J.S., Turnell-Ritson, R.C., Hyon, D.-H., White, A.J.P. and Ashley, A.E. (2017) ‘Hydrogen activation using a novel tribenzyltin Lewis acid’, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375(2101), 20170008.

Chadwick, F.M., Cooper, R.T. and O’Hare, D. (2016) ‘Zirconium and Hafnium Permethylpentalene Compounds’, Organometallics, 35(12), pp. 2092-2100.

Cooper, R.T., Chadwick, F.M., Ashley, A.E. and O'Hare, D. (2015) ‘Double CO2 activation by 14-electron η8-permethylpentalene titanium dialkyl complexes’, Chemical Communications, 51, pp. 11856-11859.

Buffet, J.-C., Turner, Z.R., Cooper, R.T. and O'Hare, D. (2015) ‘Ethylene polymerisation using solid catalysts based on layered double hydroxides’, Polymer Chemistry, 6, pp. 2493-2503.

Chadwick, F.M., Ashley, A.E., Cooper, R.T., Bennett, L.A., Green, J.C. and O'Hare, D. M. (2015) ‘Group 9 bimetallic carbonyl permethylpentalene complexes’, Dalton Transactions, 44, pp. 20147-20153.

Chadwick, F.M., Cooper, R.T., Ashley, A.E., Buffet, J.-C., O’Hare, D.M. (2014) ‘Early Transition Metal Permethylpentalene Complexes for the Polymerization of Ethylene’, Organometallics, 33(14), pp. 3775–3785.

Cooper, R.T., Chadwick, F. M., Ashley, A.E. and O’Hare, D. (2013) ‘Synthesis and Characterization of Group 4 Permethylpentalene Dichloride Complexes’, Organometallics, 32(7), pp. 2228–2233.

Ashley, A.E., Cooper, R.T., Wildgoose, G.G., Green, J.C. and O’Hare, D. (2008) ‘Homoleptic Permethylpentalene Complexes: “Double Metallocenes” of the First-Row Transition Metals’, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(46), pp. 15662–15677.