Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement

Professor Robert Mokaya OBE


Robert is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement. In this role Robert has responsibility for:

  • The University’s global strategy, covering all areas of the world and including oversight of the international campuses in Malaysia (UNM) and China (UNNC). He works closely with the Provosts of UNM and UNNC, the Office of Global Engagement and all academic schools to develop and sustain purposeful global partnerships that will enrich student experience and enhance research excellence.

Robert is a member of the University's Executive Board and he chairs the Global Engagement Board.


Robert Mokaya received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Nairobi in 1988 after which he spent a year working for Unilever in Kenya. He was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1992. In 1992, he was elected to a Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge and in 1996 was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship. He joined the School of Chemistry in Nottingham as a lecturer in Materials Chemistry in 2000, was promoted to Reader in 2005, and to Professor of Materials Chemistry in 2008. He is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder (2017-2022), and has previously served as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement (2016 – 2018).

Teaching and Research Summary

Robert’s research interest are on the design, synthesis and characterisation of new forms of sustainable porous materials and the study of their structure-property relations. The research involves exploring fundamentally new synthesis methods that are simpler, cheaper, and more efficient and offer valorisation routes to materials with optimised properties for targeted sustainable energy applications. 








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