Robin Grimes

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Robin Grimes

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Robin Grimes at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
Robin William Grimes
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham (BSc)
Case Western Reserve University (MS)
Keele University (PhD)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsMaterials physics
InstitutionsImperial College London
Ministry of Defence
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
ThesisQuantum mechanical and classical modelling of defects in metal oxides. (1988)
Doctoral advisorRichard Catlow

Robin William Grimes FRS FREng[2] is chief scientific adviser in the Ministry of Defense (MoD) for nuclear science and technology and professor of materials physics at Imperial College London.[3][4][5] From February 2013 to August 2018 he served as chief scientific adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).[4]


Grimes was educated at University of Nottingham (BSc) and Case Western Reserve University (MS). He completed his PhD at Keele University for research supervised by Richard Catlow in 1988.[1]

Career and research[edit]

Grimes has used computer simulation and high performance computing (HPC) to predict the structural and dynamic behaviour of ceramics, metals and semiconductors for energy applications.[2] This has allowed him to identify ways in which atomic scale defects modify materials properties. He has investigated a wide range of properties, including thermal conductivity and how materials deform but also how atoms are transported through solids.[2] While best known for modelling nuclear materials, he has worked as much on electrochemical systems, optical and electronic materials.[2]

Grimes established science diplomacy within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office working as chief scientific adviser.[2] He has mainstreamed science as a tool in the UK's diplomatic tool box, using science evidence and science networks to place science collaboration as the heart of key international relationships.[2] He maintains a leading role in the nuclear power academic community.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

Grimes was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2018[2] and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).[when?]


  1. ^ a b Grimes, Robin William (1988). Quantum mechanical and classical modelling of defects in metal oxides. (PhD thesis). University of Keele. OCLC 556710010. EThOS
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Anon (2018). "Professor Robin Grimes FRS". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  3. ^ "Home - Professor Robin Grimes". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Professor Robin Grimes FRS FREng". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  5. ^ Robin Grimes publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)

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