Professor Robin Grimes

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser

Robin is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser. He is also Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College and was previously Director of the Imperial College Centre for Nuclear Engineering and the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Nuclear Engineering.


His primary research interest is the application and development of computer simulation techniques to predict structural and dynamic properties of inorganic materials for energy applications to improve performance of semiconductors for solar and electrolytes and electrodes for fuel cells, nuclear fuel for higher burn-up and waste forms of greater durability. He has published over 260 scientific papers.


He was the specialist adviser to the UK House of Lords for their 2011 review of Nuclear Research Requirements for the UK, a member of the Royal Society Working Group on nuclear non-proliferation and the Ad Hoc Nuclear Research and Development Advisory Board chaired by Sir John Beddington.