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ANDREW ROBERTSON Last modified date:2021.07.09

Associate Professor / Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

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Academic Degree
BSc(HONS) Chemistry with Computer-Aided Chemistry, PhD Minimal Self-Replicating Systems (Supramolecular Chemistry)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Systems Chemistry
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
I teach basic chemistry for all first year undergraduate students, general chemistry to selected first year students, chemistry laboratory skills, technical writing and presentations and engineering ethics and science English for non-native speakers. I also teach advanced technical communication to post-graduate students.

My research interests are on the ability for simple chemical systems to process complex information. To this end, I am producing a chemical computer based on simple compounds and intend to evolve this work to the spontaneous generation of living systems from simple compounds.

I practice aikido and am a member of a local social group for fathers.
Research Interests
  • Systems chemistry — simple compounds processing complex information.
    keyword : systems chemistry flow chemistry chemical computer origins of life
Current and Past Project
  • I use non-linear reactions to process logic functions in a digital manner. For instance, pH above a certain level corresponds to a 1, while below that value corresponds to a 0. Having produced a NAND gate, I intend to proceed to a more complex assembly to perform a computation.
Academic Activities
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japan Society for Engineering Education
Educational Activities
Basic chemistry, General Chemistry, Chemistry laboratory skills, Engineering ethics, technical writing and presentations, Science English for non-native speakers, and Laboratory Advanced technical communication for postgraduates.
Other Educational Activities
  • 2010.08, From 2005 to the present, several of my presentation class students have won awards for presentations in English at international conferences, despite not being native speakers..